History students not only learn what has happened, they also learn to appreciate and understand the process of change. The History Department offers an undergraduate degree, a minor, an undergraduate certificate, a graduate program with specialties in public history and preservation, and a graduate certificate.
Undergraduate students develop research, analytical and writing skills necessary not only for work, but for living. A history major builds confidence for making judgments in many fields of human endeavor. The immigration studies undergraduate certificate offers both traditional academic training through coursework, research and practical experience working with immigrant and refugee communities through an internship.
The graduate program prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including teaching, government service, museum management, and historic preservation, as well as further degree work in history, law, librarianship and business. The Master of Arts in history offers graduate-level major and minor fields in public history. Public history is a field of study that applies historical methods to the public sphere. The graduate certificate in historic preservation provides CU Denver students and the wider community with foundational knowledge and skills in historic preservation, a field that enhances studies and professional work in areas such as architecture, heritage tourism, historic preservation, national park interpretation, public history, urban studies and related fields.