Welcome to History at U-M
Curious about how and why the world came to be the way it is? Interested in understanding how individuals and institutions shape their social and natural environments? Want to know about people in the past left out of traditional accounts or when the "taken for granted" first was "new?" Desire to put historical knowledge to work to benefit the public?
U-M History is a top-ranked department offering cutting-edge and innovative instruction. Our department emphasizes both depth and breadth. Each semester we typically offer more than one hundred undergraduate courses spanning every region of the globe from ancient times to the present. Topics cover 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 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, you can put your skills to work in a surprising variety of careers. Learn more about what some of our recent alumni are doing with their History degrees.