department of history

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Department of History
203 Cockefair Hall

Phone: 816-235-1631
Fax: 816-235-5723

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History Degree Programs

The History department offers undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs. No matter what you're level, we recommend that you review the information below and arrange a meeting with one of our history advisors to discuss the best course of study for you.

Undergraduate Program

Letter to History Majors
Welcome to the history department at UMKC.  We love what we do and will endeavor to make your path through college—including your training in history—as rewarding as possible.  Before that, however, your first question is probably, “What can I possibly do with a history major?” More...

Program Minor
A minor in history may be earned with a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework in the discipline (at least 12 of which must be at the 300- and 400-level). A maximum of six of the 18 credit hours may be taken in two of the 100- and 200-level survey courses.

Online History Minor
Unlike brick-and-mortar classes, online courses open doors to the past by providing greater flexibility for students juggling hectic work schedules and heavy family obligations. More...

Program Major
The undergraduate history program at UMKC offers majors the opportunity both to explore a wide range of historical fields and to develop expertise in a particular area of study. Courses are generally divided into three categories: 1) broad surveys, 2) specialized lecture courses, and 3) seminars. More...

The history department's fields of concentration reflect an appreciation for the value of studying the past through multiple lenses. Students may choose to concentrate their undergraduate history education in a particular chronological period and region or choose offerings that fall into coherent topics that lend themselves to transnational analysis over extended periods of time. More...

History Student Learning Outcomes

Graduate Programs

History MA Program Description
This master’s program is designed for students who already have completed a non-terminal baccalaureate degree with a major in History or a related field. Students may pursue this master’s degree as a terminal degree or may leave open the option of continuing to a doctorate. Click Here for More...

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in History
History is an academic discipline eligible for full participation in UMKC's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. Students interested in this study should review the School of Graduate Studies section for general and discipline-specific admission criteria, academic regulations, and degree requirements. More...


Letter of Recommendation Form (optional)

Recommendation for Appointment of Advisor Form

NEW! Program of Study Form

Request to Change Program of Study Form

GTA Application

Graduate Teaching Assistant Program & Application
NEW! Deadline: February 1
GTAs in the History Department fill a wide variety of roles. We feel GTAs are integral members of our program. Masters Students may serve as a GTA for no more than two years; Doctoral students for no more than three years. More...

Funded Internship Application

Graduate Funded Internship Program & Application
NEW! Deadline: February 1
In addition to GTAships, the department has negotiated a number of funded internships in the area that provide a stipend and cover tuition. Students wishing to apply for a funded internship need to fill out an additional application. Click Here for Application

All students are eligible to apply for funded internships, but the department gives students in the Public History Emphasis priority when awarding them. Students with a Public History emphasis should meet with Dr. Cantwell to discuss their Public History plan of study and submit a Declaration of Public History Emphasis Form.