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Courses

For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

 HIST 101 - World History to 1500 (3 cred.)

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 HIST 102 - World History Since 1500 (3 cred.)

A continuation of HIST 101 and a survey of the transformation of human development as a result of modernization. Students consider the rise and fall of empires and shifting regional influences as a result of the emergence of the transatlantic region. Europe's revolutionary transformation and its impact on the world; the rise of global interaction and conflict; the colonial and post-colonial eras and the resulting tensions and achievements of these events are examined within the context of modernity.

 HIST 126 - U.S. History to 1865 (3 cred.)

A survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the historical development of politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced these developments.

 HIST 127 - U.S. History Since 1865 (3 cred.)

A survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times, providing description and analysis of the major developments and trends in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced and shaped the American experience.

 HIST 200 - Historical Inquiry (3 cred.)

Students examine the ways scholars have studied, interpreted, debated and represented the past through time. This course introduces students to History as not only a discipline of study and scholarship but as an inquiry into human experience and a public pursuit. Students develop the research and writing skills required in the field of History across a variety of formats and topics. It is recommended students complete this course no later than sophomore year.

 HIST 254 - History of Africa (3 cred.)

A survey of sub-Saharan African history from earliest times to the present, with particular emphasis on social, cultural, economic, and political responses to imperialist or other outside influences.

 HIST 260 - History of Latin America (3 cred.)

A survey of the major events and themes of Latin American History from pre-Columbian times through the modern era with special emphasis on the interaction of New and Old World cultures and the impact of colonization and the construction of national identity after independence into the modern era. GT-HI1

 HIST 311 - The Medieval World (3 cred.)

Studies of the medieval world. This course is a rotating topic which may include studies of the Black Death and Europe, the Byzantines, Shogun Era in Japan, Irish and Scots, the 'Vikings' or specific African and Asian cultures. Class may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission. HIST 200 recommended.

 HIST 333 - American Revolution and the Early Republic (3 cred.)

A study of the economic, social and political causes of the American Revolution. Focused attention is given to the Articles of Confederation, Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian America, the Constitutional Convention, Bill of Rights, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy, Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clarke expedition and the early national era. Prerequisites: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission. HIST 200 recommended.

 HIST 370 - Public History (3 cred.)

This course explores the ways historians have engaged the public with the past. It provides an introduction to the theory and practice of interpreting history in institutions such as museums, archives, historical societies, and in historic preservation projects, digital projects, and oral histories. The course examines theoretical constructs including memory, heritage, community and commemoration and explores how academic history and public history complement and enrich one another. Prerequisites: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission. HIST 200 recommended.

 HIST 373 - History of the National Park Service (3 cred.)

Students study the history and development of the National Parks Service of the United States exploring the social, political and economic attitudes towards Wilderness, preservation and conservation. Students trace the development of the guiding principles of the NPS and the evolution of the National Parks system over time while examining the development of national parks systems outside of the United States. This seminar also includes a number of weekend field trips to regional National Parks and National Historic Sites during the semester. Prerequisites: minimum sophomore standing or instructor permission. HIST 200 recommended.

 HIST 402 - Engaging the Past (3 cred.)

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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Camarin Porter, Ph.D. headshot
Lecturer in European and World History
Phone: 970.943.7067
Office Location: Kelley Hall 223
Heather Thiessen-Reily, Ph.D. headshot
Professor of History
Phone: 970.943.7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
Duane Vandenbusche, Ed.D. headshot
Professor of History; State Historian's Council, History Colorado
Phone: 970.943.2068
Office Location: Kelley Hall 227

Scholarships

Program-Based Scholarships

Livermore, Charles H. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility

  • History majors
  • Must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Must be a full-time junior or senior (completed 30 credits at Western)
  • Scholarship and intellectual inquisitiveness are major considerations

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family and friends of Dr. Charles Livermore, who was an extraordinary teacher, scholar and administrator, a professor of history and chairman of the Social Studies Department at Western. 

Award depends on funds available.

Selected by: Donor Scholarship Committee (T.L. Livermore) in cooperation with the Western Colorado University Foundation.

Application:

Contact the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.7011 | Kelley Hall 240

Learn more about Western's History Program

Wilson, Robert Glenn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Eligible

  • Full-time students 
  • Colorado residents
  • Must be sophomore or higher, History major
  • Must have completed 24 credit hours at Western
  • Demonstrate financial need

Description

This scholarship is provided by family and friends to memorialize Robert Glenn Wilson, an outstanding example of academic achievement, citizenship, and student growth at Western Colorado University.

Award depends on funds available.

Selected byHistory Department

Application:

Contact the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.7011 | Kelley Hall 240

Institutional Scholarships

Common Scholarships

Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit our scholarships page.

Early Action Credit

If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit western.edu/mars.

Neighboring States Program

Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Presidential Promise

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Tuition Discount Programs

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Western Merit Scholarship

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

  • Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites to study the role of commemoration and memory.
     
  • History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
     
  • History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
     
  • Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
     
  • Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.