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 American military history.

A global perspective.

You will begin your history major with surveys that provide a global perspective on the past and then choose seven specialized courses on Western civilization or U.S., European, Latin American, Asian or African history.

Learn from the professors who are doing the research.

The classes they teach are drawn directly from their scholarly work about crime and punishment, children's history, religion and politics, comparative imperialism, Irish nationalism, urbanization, and rock 'n' roll!

Breadth and depth.

History majors have the chance to study the history and cultures of societies around the world in depth through small-group seminars, colloquia and senior experience courses. All history majors complete individual research projects, and it's possible to write a senior thesis. 

Intern. As a history major?

You bet. As a Marquette history major, you'll gain valuable — and relevant — experience through internships with the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Chudnow Museum, Marquette's Near West Side project, City Hall and Old World Wisconsin. Some internships include work in the digital humanities. Don't forget about the Les Aspin Center for Government's congressional internship program if you're looking to be a part of history as it's made on one of its brightest stages.

Public history.

Interested in working in a museum, archives, historical society or serving as a guide in a national park or at a historical site? Our program in public history is for you.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Freshman

  • Growth of Western Civilization I & II
  • History Survery 
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

Sophomore

  • History Survery
  • Upper Level History Electrive
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Foundations Course
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • Electives

Junior

  • Upper Level History Elective
  • Upper Level History Elective
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • MCC Discovery Course
  • Electives

Senior

  • Upper Level History Elective
  • Upper Level History Elective
  • History Readings
  • History Undergraduate Seminar
  • MCC Culminating Course