History



Bachelor of Arts
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

History is a collection of stories about the human past that help us figure out how we got to where we are now. Knowledge of history is essential for understanding current events and participating fully in civic life, especially in a democratic republic. If you study History, you'll learn about the human condition and factors that have influenced human endeavor.

Graduates of Westminster's history program will be able to practice traditional and electronic methods of primary historical research, construct valid historical arguments based on original research in primary sources, demonstrate a broad and deep content knowledge of global human history, communicate historical knowledge creatively and effectively through writing and speaking, among other methods, and demonstrate critical analysis of evidence, arguments, and conflicting historical interpretations.

Key Benefits

  • All of our faculty members hold doctoral degrees in History and are experienced classroom teachers. This expertise gives students access to superb research opportunities and innovative courses.
  • Many students have worked in various capacities as interns with the Utah State Historical Society, major libraries, and other organizations
  • Students have also participated in May Term Study Experiences to Peru, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Hawaii, and South Africa
  • Many students present papers at Westminster's Undergraduate Research Fair, and several Westminster students have won prizes at the Utah regional Phi Alpha Theta conference
Mikee Ferran

"The two most important things that Westminster offers its history students are small classes where you can really seek out help and learn how to write, which is one of the most critical skills history students need to develop. The second is the introduction to seminar-style courses, with heavy reading loads and a focus on discussion. Graduate school is nothing but seminars, and it was nice to be introduced to the classroom style as an undergraduate. I would highly recommend studying history to anyone looking at majoring in the humanities. History not only teaches you how to read and write well, it emphasizes critical thinking about the world around you. This makes you a successful student and also a marketable applicant to future employers and graduate programs."

Mikee Ferran, University of Utah M.A. Candidate in Comparative Gender and Sexuality (Westminster graduate, 2014)

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

Each history student pursues a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree that will provide for careers in business, secondary education, and government service, as well as preparation for advanced studies in the history profession, law, the ministry, and library and archival work.

Student Success

In the summer of 2014, junior Avenel Rolfsen received a competitive research grant for the Westminster Summer Undergraduate Research Experience to work on a research project with Dr. Gary Marquardt. The project evolved into a scholarly article, "Afrikanerdom's Promised Land: Colonial Namibia and the Whitening of the South African Frontier, c. 1946-1956," submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal for publication consideration.

Senior Kailey Kornhauser conducted independent research in the summer of 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Nichols. As part of the McNair Scholars Program she received a grant that allowed her to research the 1922 Colorado River Compact and environmental ethics that may have influenced the legislation's creation. The research culminated into a presentation at the Twenty-Second Annual McNair Scholars Symposium at the University of California Berkeley. Kailey is further exploring the intellectual influences on the Colorado River Compact in her senior thesis.

Kate Bradshaw

"All of my jobs have been about engaging people, understanding what motivates them and being able to effectively communicate. A history degree is great for understanding what historically has motivated people in political actions or endeavors. It is incredibly rare to find a new issue in my political work that doesn't have a history that needs to be understood before it can be acted on. The writing and debate the major required also played a pretty significant role in helping refine my communications skills."

Kate Bradshaw, Vice President at Utah Food Industry Association & Utah Retail Merchants Association (Westminster Graduate, 2003)

Other History Programs

Students may elect an academic major or minor, or a teaching major or minor.

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Tuition and Aid

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We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

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In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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