What will I learn?

Program Description

We can know where we’re going only if we know where we’ve been. Understanding the political, cultural, social and economic life of past civilizations enhances your understanding of the present. By pursuing a major or minor in history, you’ll develop critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing and analytical skills useful in a range of careers. You can spend time in study abroad opportunities in countries such as Great Britain, Germany and The Netherlands. You’ll also be prepared, if you choose, for graduate study in history, law and business administration.​​

Your historical studies at Central Michigan University will help you to understand and analyze the development of political, cultural, economic, and social life in past civilizations. You will apply the conceptual skills you gain from your study of the past to the analysis of critical issues in both the present and future.

Understanding the history and culture of economic hot spots around the world is increasingly valuable in this age of global finance, business, and industry. Combining historical studies with other disciplines provides a well-rounded background that is increasingly important in many areas of employment. CMU's history teacher education programs provide solid preparation for a rewarding career in education. More than half of CMU's history majors plan to teach. A history major at CMU can also prepare you for graduate study leading to a career in foreign or government service, teaching, research, law, museum, library, or archival work.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)

ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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