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Student Voices

Billie Jean Fierros accepts her certificate at History Commencement, April 2015.

Five 2015 graduates share their experiences in the Department of History:

"The professors are awesome. They are all very passionate about their jobs and it's clear that they love interacting with students and crafting narratives that are intuitive and exciting."

"What makes the History Department shine above other departments at U-M, is the dedication many history professors have to their students. This includes their availability during office hours and their willingness to go above and beyond to help students, not only in their coursework but also in applying for graduate schools and other post-graduation plans."

"I've always enjoyed studying history because I feel it explains very well how we got to where we are today ... . The History Department at Michigan is fantastic and all the professors were very interesting with very unique ways of teaching different subject matter. It was clear early on that history was a perfect fit for me."

"I was thinking of dropping out of school, and I talked to my advisor about it. I didn't think my history degree would give me much of an employment opportunity afterwards. The advisor opened the front page of the New York Times and pointed to an article written by a U-M history alumni. She told me that what I choose to do with my degree is up to me, but the possibilities are endless. That's when I decided to become a history major."

"I've always loved history, and the University of Michigan has the largest faculty base in the world ... I was able to customize the major heavily to fit my own scheduling needs and interests."