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History Department

To study history is to study the experiences of people around the world in the past in order to obtain a better understanding of the nature of the human condition. Northern’s history department promotes the viewpoint that, while it’s impossible to predict the future, it is essential to be aware of the views, aspirations and struggles of the past to better understand the problems and promises of today.

Experience learning

At Northern, we strongly believe in learning by thinking and doing. With guidance from caring, engaged instructors, you will be challenged to do high-quality research, improve your communication and quantitative skills, and develop an understanding of global, societal and individual factors that motivate human action—all skills desired by employers in many fields.

Career excellence

The traditional path of a history graduate is a professional who researches and analyzes the past, such as an archivist, biographer, curator, educator, genealogist or historian. History graduates also often find employment as bankers, FBI/CIA agents, genealogists, lawyers, legislative aides, librarians, managers, politicians, research analysts, personnel directors, sales representatives and writers—or other positions that require good communication and research skills.

Not sure what you can do with a history major? Students go on to a number of professions in government, research and preservation, business and industry and professional education. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/history/careers-and-jobs">Explore possible careers.</a>The history department hosts the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta. The group engages in history activities throughout the community as well as hosts "Brown Bag Talks" with professors about their academic pursuits. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/history/student-organizations">Learn more</a>.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

As an NMU student, your opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community are boundless. You can get involved in creating public historical displays for the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, Marquette Regional History Center and Michigan Iron Industry Museum. You might do in-depth research for the NMU and Central Upper Peninsula Archives and the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies. You could present historical programs and performances for area youth programs, including the U.P. Children’s Museum. Many Northern history graduates have used their hands-on experience to go on to become museum curators, historical park managers and history educators. What will you do?

History Departmenthistory@nmu.edu906-227-2512

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit