Native American peoples inhabited and visited the landscape encompassed within Wyoming
for centuries prior to the founding of the University of Wyoming (UW) in 1887 and
we would like to acknowledge the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Lakota, Shoshone, and Ute,
on whose land we stand today.
Long committed to the history of the American West, the History Department at UW is
uniquely positioned to situate this field in a global context. Drawing on expertise
ranging from Europe, East and Central Asia, Africa, and the Americas, we strive to
explore historical questions with thematic as well as comparative approaches. Our
goal is to give students a truly global perspective on history.
At the most basic level, history teaches how to assess evidence, to access conflicting
interpretations, to arrive at convincing arguments, and to speak and write about these
arguments to a wide variety of audiences. These skills make history one of the foremost
majors that graduate and professional schools and employers seek when they admit graduate
students or hire employees. Viewed from a practical perspective, a history degree
provides lifelong skills that are in demand in fields ranging from teaching and law
to government and business administration. History is a very useful degree.
History is a foundational discipline that blends the methodologies and perspective
of the humanities and social sciences in order to engage with the history of human
culture on a global scale. UW's History degree program emphasizes interdisciplinary
teaching and research and provides course work, research experiences, and internships
on both American and international topics. The History program offers a Bachelor of
Arts degree major and minor, and a Master of Arts degree.
Bachelor of Arts in History and optional Concentration in Public History
Master of Arts in History
History or Museum Studies
Concurrent majors with teaching certification
Who hasn’t heard someone say, “I just love history?” Maybe that person is you? History
is a vibrant and fascinating study of people, events, and institutions in the past
and, for many people, that’s reason enough to earn a history degree. But there are
larger and more practical reasons to choose history as your major. Here are a few
of those reasons that historian Peter Stearns complied for the American Historical
In addition to the historical content obtained in your coursework, a degree in History
also provides excellent training in rigorous analysis and research skills, and the
oral and written skills necessary to achieve success in any top-flight professional
career. Typical career paths for History graduates include work in museums and archives,
national security agencies (the FBI, CIA, and NSA all love to recruit History B.A.
students), and the Department of State. The History major is also excellent preparation
for various professional schools, such as law and medicine, as well as post-graduate
work in the humanities and social sciences. We pride ourselves on placing our graduates
in highly competitive careers and post-graduate masters and doctoral programs.
The History Department Faculty has identified the specific objectives of its undergraduate
curriculum. The following are the learning outcomes that each History major should
learn. We are continuously and actively assessing our program to ensure that these
learning outcomes are being met.
1. Students shall be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing,
and evaluating historical information from multiple sources.
2. Students will develop the ability to distinguish between different culturally historical
3. Students will produce well researched written work that engages with both primary
sources and the secondary literature.
4. Students will develop an informed familiarity with multiple cultures.
5. Students will employ a full range of historical techniques and methods.
6. Students will develop an ability to convey verbally their historical knowledge.
7. Students will demonstrate their understanding of historical cause and effect along
with their knowledge of the general chronology of human experience.
8. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of historical theary and/or
conceptual frameworks and be able to use these in their own studies.
The History Department offers two distinct graduate programs. Any field of study offered
by the Department can be accommodated within either degree program.
The M.A. degree is designed to prepare the student for employment opportunities and
PhD-level work. This degree program is also suitable for students interested in careers
as community college instructors as well as for lifelong learners who seek formal
Students who graduate with an M.A. in History will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and methodologies of the discipline
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historiography of their field of specialization.
3. Demonstrate some understanding of comparative and/or thematic methods, approaches,
4. Conduct original research based on primary sources and construct an argument based
on that research.
5. Write graduate-level expository prose and orally present their ideas at an advanced
The M.A.T. degree is designed to enhance the teaching of history and related disciplines
by secondary and middle school teachers. This is a non-thesis degree, designed to
provide breadth of preparation rather than specialization. Applicants are expected
to have already completed their certification and pedagogy courses.
Students who graduate with an M.A.T. in History will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the significance of historical topics with reference to broader historical
context, historiographic trends, or contemporary relevance.
2. Construct original historical arguments using a blend of primary and secondary
3. Demonstrate a superior quality of writing both in terms of mechanics and in developing
an argument effectively.
4. Convey a broad understanding of historical material suitable for teaching.
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