Get Engaged with History

In the Department of History, you can explore your passion through three distinct degree paths that offer comprehensive faculty mentoring and in-depth conversations with your peers.

With a history major, you'll learn how to use sources to explore connections between the past and the present. Your studies and coursework will prepare you to conduct an independent research project about a question that excites you. Our history majors frequently add a second major to further broaden their undergraduate experience.

If you're pursuing another major as your primary degree, a history minor offers you the flexibility to choose from a broad selection of courses that intrigue you and enhance your educational path.

Students inspired to teach can apply to our dual undergraduate-graduate degree with the Morgridge College of Education Teacher Education Program, which empowers you to complete a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in curriculum and instruction in five years.

Learn more about the Department of History's academic programs below.

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Senior Capstone Project

Investigate Your Passion Through Independent Research

History majors complete a research project in their final year, which offers them the opportunity to dive into a historical question that interests them.

Students receive support in this process through three scaffolded courses: What is History?, offered in the spring quarter of their junior year, and Senior Seminars I and II, offered in the fall and winter quarters of their senior year. During Senior Seminar I and II, students work closely with their individual faculty mentors as they propose, research and present their original historical research.

The history department offers a number of funding opportunities to assist students with the costs associated with their capstone research, including travel. History students who need to travel or visit archives to complete their research can also apply for the CAHSS Student Research Award, which offers five awards of up to $1,250.

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Dual Degree with the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Through the Teacher Education Program, students can complete a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in just five years. This program, a partnership with the Morgridge College of Education, prepares history students to teach elementary education or secondary social studies.

To apply, students currently enrolled in a DU undergraduate program can meet with a Morgridge admissions counselor in their sophomore year and can apply for the TEP program in the winter of their junior year.

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