The history major explores every aspect of the human experience — politics, economics, religion, social issues, and art. It's a discovery of our humanity and our complexity. History helps people think critically about the past, present, and future. There are two history majors: history and military history. Students may also apply for the five-year Advanced Degree Program to earn a Master's degree.
Reach beyond the here and now
History majors actively question how our world came to be. Whatever the issue, place, or era, history trains you to look below the surface and understand its deeper roots. Most Marquette History majors pair their studies with a second major or a minor such as Political Science, Business, Education, Film and Media Studies, International Affairs, or Criminology and Law Studies.
As a history major, you may choose to focus on a single country, region, or theme. Regardless, you will gain global awareness by taking at least one upper-level course each in U.S., European, and African, Asian, or Latin American history, in addition to choosing from a broad suite of introductory courses. Many history majors study abroad, including with Marquette faculty-led programs (most recently, to South Africa, Cuba, and Guatemala).
Question your assumptions
Students of history strive to understand the past on its own terms. Our alumni are more comfortable with complexity and diversity because they've explored many different historical experiences and any controversies around them, always seeking out new perspectives.
Do research with the experts
All history majors complete individual research projects as part of their degree, mentored by faculty who are leaders in their fields. History majors are active in McNair Scholars, Honors in the Humanities, the department's Public History program, and the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach (CURTO). Internships are available with the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Marquette's Near West Side project, and City Hall, to name a few. And don't forget the Les Aspin Center for Government's congressional internship program!
Some of the classes you could take:
- Revolutionary America
- Environmental History
- The Cold War
- Native America
- Age of the Samurai
- Latinx Social Movements
For a complete listing of required courses for the program in history, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.