History Department

Why History?

The Department of History’s undergraduate program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the past while teaching important analytical skills, including: research, writing, communication, source evaluation, critical thinking, and analysis that enable students to succeed in a wide variety of careers.

A historical perspective is valuable in nearly every profession. History provides the essential background for understanding the roots of social issues and current global problems. Whether you’re interested in teaching, politics, economics, business, criminal justice, social work, the health sciences, activism, or any other field, we offer a wide range of courses that expand your knowledge. Or perhaps you’ve always been fascinated by a particular time period, topic, civilization, or society. We welcome all students to take our courses. You might even consider a minor in history!
Our extensive range of courses enables each student to choose classes that reflect their personal interests. In addition to survey courses in U.S. History, World History, and Western Experience, our faculty teach over 35 different specialized “electives” in the areas of U.S., European, Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, and World History. Examples of recent courses include: The American Revolution, Civil War & Reconstruction, History of Baseball, History of Warfare, The European Dark Ages, U.S. Women’s History, Drugs in Latin America, Archaeology, Museum Studies, The Roman Empire, African American History, History of Genocide, History of Ireland, The Crusades, U.S. Food & Spirits History, The Great Depression, Jacksonian America, Egyptian History,  Contemporary Africa, and History of China (See the webpage for “Current & Future Courses”)
Many history majors enroll in Westfield’s teacher licensure program for middle and secondary education. Others plan to attend graduate school in history or law, or pursue careers in business, library science, museums, historic preservation, or nonprofit administration. We also offer an M.Ed. in History.

We offer a distinguished and engaged faculty, many of whom have won teaching awards. All have Ph.D.s. Many have published books and articles in their fields and all are active in various historical societies. And even our part-time faculty have Ph.D.s or are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs.

We also offer a terrific online history BA program. Since 2012, Westfield State University has consistently ranked in the top 15% of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Program” rankings. In 2016, Westfield State was ranked #6 by CollegeChoice.net in the category “Best Online Liberal Arts Colleges for Bachelors Degrees.” The history department's online BA program has also received high rankings in many surveys.

What can you do with a History Degree?
Our History Courses
Meet our Students
Meet our Alumni
Minors for History Majors
M.Ed. in History
A.P. History Exam Credit
Earn a Law Degree in 6 years: WSU - UMass Law Partnership
Historical Journal of Massachusetts 
Student Research Presentations
How to Request a Letter of Recommendation

Clubs & Organizations

  • History Club

    The purpose of the History Club is to provide the entire university community with the opportunity to view and gather historical info.

  • International Relations Club

    The IR Club is one of the most active academic clubs on campus.