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Undergraduate Students

In Detroit's Mexicantown, History 328 pose in front of a Victor Quiñonez (aka Marka27) mural. (Photo: Marian Krzyzowski)

Welcome to History at U-M

U-M History is a top-ranked department offering cutting-edge and innovative instruction. Our department emphasizes both depth and breadth. Each semester we offer nearly one hundred undergraduate courses spanning every region of the globe from ancient times to the present. Our majors and minors study the highest reaches of power, the everyday lives of marginalized groups, politics, war, religion, race, gender, sexuality, and almost everything else imaginable. 

All History majors have the opportunity to engage in research, and some will pursue extensive projects in the department's Honors Program. Many other courses emphasize original investigation, including using the university’s many libraries and collections. Later, our graduates can put their skills to work in a surprising variety of careers. Learn more about what some of our recent alumni are doing with their U-M History degrees.

Prospective Students

We invite prospective students to learn more about our department and to contact an undergraduate advisor to further explore how U-M History fits into their future.

Major in History

Majoring in history offers enormous opportunities to explore your interests, almost whatever they might be. We encourage our students to move outside the familiar and to investigate the many ways in which the past has become the present we all now face.


Minor in History

history minor is a great way to explore historical questions and issues while you pursue a concentration in a different field. In addition to our general History Minor, we offer specific minors in Global History, Law and Policy, Medicine and Health, and Religion.

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