Prepare for Your Future Through the Study of History
As a disciplined and rigorous study of the past, history teaches students skills that involve research, analysis, and writing and that span several subject areas. We build these skills in our students inside and outside the classroom with experiential opportunities and engaged learning—many of which are enhanced by additional funding through the Wyatt Endowment. Since history prepares our graduates to enter a range of career fields, we believe strongly in mentoring our students throughout the degree-seeking process. Each history major or minor receive one-on-one advising so they can put their degree to work.
Hands-On Engaged Learning
When learning is an experience that is situated and contextual, it is more authentic, meaningful, and applicable. Our engaged and experiential learning opportunities encourage students to develop an inquiring mind that they can apply to their lives when they graduate.
The Forge at Factory Two
We have our own blacksmithing forge. Launched in 2018, the forge is an opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge of this historic craft with their classroom experiences. The forge is used in select courses or for students to use in their free time.
Lumber City Baseball Club
This public history partnership of the Department of History and Whaley Historic House Museum of Flint, Michigan explores the role of reenactment and programming in history. The team plays every summer and students may join the club as a player or interpreters.
Since 2016, faculty and students have worked at Flint’s oldest cemetery to identify, document, and restore the monuments at Old Calvary Cemetery. Work at Old Calvary is incorporated into History 403: Cities of the Dead, and a summer internship.
History Quiz Night
Participants divide into teams of at least five participants and department faculty serve as the Quizmasters to test your history knowledge. Five grand prizes are given to the winning team and everyone who attends is entered into a drawing for door prizes. Participants who pre-register receive a History Quiz Night t-shirt.
Since 2009, the Wyatt Exploration Program has provided a unique and exciting opportunity for students and faculty to join together in the intellectual exploration of the human past. The program focus changes each year—allowing us to take over one hundred students to three different continents since the program began. Learn more about the Wyatt Exploration Program.
Bachelor of Arts in History Degree Program
This diverse academic program prepares students for a range of fulfilling career options in a variety of industries, government, and the nonprofit sector. Discover how the UM-Flint History program prepares students for the future. History Online courses make it possible for students to learn anytime and anywhere. We offer a mix of online course options that range from fully online and asynchronous, to mixed mode courses that offer the flexibility of online with the immersive experience of hands-on learning.
Learn more about the Honors track offered.
What will your experience as a history major look like with UM-Flint? We’ve developed major maps to help you learn what to expect during each stage of your studies. These maps share year-by-year information like class selection, extra-curricular opportunities, career preparation, and more. Download the map and start charting your course to success.
“When I was young, my dad would take me to Council Point Park where Chief Pontiac gathered the Michigan tribes for an attack against the British at Fort Detroit. These stories captured my imagination and sparked an interest in history. I chose the University of Michigan-Flint because of its reputation for excellence and commitment to its students. While having the University of Michigan name, the college is small enough where professors know you and are able to help you succeed.”
Our internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Our students gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths. Each internship is the equivalent of an elective, allowing you to count it toward your degree. In addition, all interns are awarded a scholarship to pay for the course which has made the experience accessible to all our majors and minors.
- Archives Administration
This unique local history opportunity is right here on campus at the Frances Willson Thompson Library in the Genesee Historical Collections Center. You will learn the basics of archival management and document preservation while assisting the archivist with reprocessing the collection.
- Museum Collections
Interns work closely with the museum staff to catalog and process collections documenting Flint’s automotive history at the Buick Gallery and Research Center in the museum’s Perry Archives.
- Historic House Museum
The Historic House Museum Internship is a unique opportunity for students to experience the way history is practiced at a Historic House Museum. Interns shadow professionals and learn about the role of Historic Houses in the museum community by working at three different sites.
Whaley Historic House Museum
- Museum Programs & Education
Interns gain in-depth fieldwork experience by designing, facilitating, and teaching programs that address the needs of adult, school, and youth and family audiences. Under the supervision of Sloan Museum personnel, an intern can participate in hands-on workshops, conduct research for programs or assist in planning special events.
- Historic Preservation & Cemetery Conservation
Interns at Old Calvary Cemetery will learn how preservationists retrieve and catalog the records of historic cemeteries. In addition to archival research, students will work on hands on cleaning and restoration of historic headstones in one of Flint’s oldest burial sites.
- Create Your Own
The Create Your Own Internship Program allows students to intern with a local organization where their breadth of skills of your liberal arts education can be put into practice.
At the University of Michigan-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.
In addition to academic advising, the College of Arts & Sciences provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Myesha Cannon through Handshake to schedule your career coaching appointment.
Each year, the History Program awards more than $30,000 in scholarships to history majors and minors. There are numerous scholarships available to History students at UM-Flint. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid scholarship page for more information.
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