History majors and minors at Webster University learn not only the outlines of modern history, but also how to make well-constructed historical arguments, and how to research and analyze relevant historical work within multiple academic fields.

The history program at Webster combines a traditional liberal arts approach to the history degree with an innovative approach to course offerings. The faculty value critical thinking and intellectual inquiry and offer topic-specific instruction in their areas of expertise starting in students' first semester. The history curriculum also reflects relevant current events to take learning beyond the classroom and into the community: in recent years, students have designed and installed an exhibit at the old courthouse in downtown St. Louis and participated in the "Change Begins with Me" program at the Holocaust museum.

Students who graduate from the history degree program have in-depth knowledge of at least one geographic area or historical epoch, the ability to make historical arguments using concrete illustrations and examples, and insight into the way history impacts the present day. Alumni go on to apply their academic knowledge in a variety of fields including law, business, politics, diplomacy, and human rights.

Points of Distinction

  • Because the history program is housed in a combined department, history students get exposure to relevant work in political science, international relations, and human rights.
  • Webster's campuses in England, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands provide excellent offerings in history and international relations with recognized scholars in their fields.
  • With a class size of 25 students or fewer, students receive personalized attention from faculty.
  • Expert faculty are well-respected and widely-published scholars.

Alumni Success:

  • Historic Preservation Specialist and Fiscal Officer, State of New Jersey Historic Trust
  • Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Superintendent of State Historic Sites, State of Illinois
  • Professor, Missouri Baptist College
  • Lieutenant, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Minister, Midway Hills Christian Church
  • International Business Consultant, World Trade Center of Saint Louis
  • Volunteer, Peace Corps

History Academic Programs

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