History Department

The Midwestern State University History Department provides a broad range of courses to prepare students for a career and/or graduate studies.   Visit us on Facebook .

Courses and Programs

We offer courses and programs in United States, European, Middle Eastern, and Military History. The advanced classes are usually small, and the faculty member work closely with students - often on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities for History Majors
  • Public Historian
  • Teacher
  • Education Director
  • Curator
  • Museum Docent
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Archivist
  • Cultural Resources Manager
  • Geographic Mapping Systems Technician 
  • Historical Consultant
  • Policy Advisor
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Financial Planning Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Insurance Analyst
  • Customer Success Specialist
  • Marketing Associate
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Banking Associate
  • Community Organizer
  • Paralegal
  • Development Associate
  • Politician 
  • Cultural Strategist
  • Political Campaign Manager 
  • Lawyer
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Television Writer
  • Book editor
  • Newspaper editor
  • Producer
  • Journalist
  • Podcast Host
  • Social Media Manager

"Why 'worthless' humanities degrees may set you up for life": 

https://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190401-why-worthless-humanities-degrees-may-set-you-up-for-life

See also George Anders's book You Can Do Anything: The Surprising power of a 'useless' liberal arts education

Career Opportunities with a Master's Degree in History
  • Teaching (Community Colleges)
  • Law and Paralegal Services
  • Politics
  • Military Service
  • Government Service (State Department, Foreign Service, Treasury Dept., etc.)
  • K-12 education
  • Economics and business analysis
  • Financial planning and research
  • Administration
  • Market and statistical analysis
  • Historical consultation (entertainment industry, business, government)
  • Public history (curator, museum studies)
  • Library and archival work
  • Criminal Justice (police and investigators)
  • Actuary
Scholarships

Scholarships are generally awarded for academic achievement, special abilities, ACT or SAT scores, and upon other criteria as defined by specific scholarship programs. Many scholarships are available in addition to special fellowships which include the Floyd F. Ewing and the Forrest D. Monahan, Jr. awards.

News & Announcements

On April 21, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host a zoom talk by Dr. Alyssa Warrick.  Dr. Warrick, a cave historian, will present "Trapped in the Earth: The Floyd Collins Tragedy and the Making of Mammoth Cave National Park."  For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On April 6, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host a zoom talk by Dr. Cari Casteel.  Dr. Casteel, a Clinical Assistant Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, will present "A Better Mousetrap for your Armpit: Deodorant and Technological Development in the United States."  For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On April 2, 2022, the MSU Texas Department of History will host the Phi Alpha Theta North Central Texas Regional Meeting.  Proposals are welcome from both graduate and undergraduate students.  If interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Whitney Snow at whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On March 31, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., the MSU Texas Department of History will host a zoom talk by Mary Ben Heflin.  Heflin will present "William Bradford Huie, the Most Famous Writer You've Never Heard Of: A Retrospective by his Stepdaughter."  For more information, please contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or  whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On March 1, 2022 at 7:00 P.M., the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host a zoom talk by Dr. Andrea Johnson.  Dr. Johnson, an Associate Professor of History at California State-Dominguez Hills, will present "The Montgomery Story: How a Comic Book Shaped Civil Rights Actism."  For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On February 15, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host a zoom talk by Dr. Jeff Howell.  Dr. Howell, an Associate Professor of History at East Georgia State College, will present "Hazel Brannon Smith: The Female Crusading Scalawag."  For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On February 10, 2022 at 6:00 P.M., the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series will host a zooom talk by Dr. Sean Halverson.  Dr. Halverson, an Assistant Professor of History at Alabama A&M University , will present "Washington, Smallpox and How Inoculation Saved the Revolution."  For more information, contact Dr. Whitney Snow at (940) 397-8917 or whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On October 13, 2021, at 6:00 P.M. in the Moffett Library Atrium, the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series and the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center will host a talk by Dr. Erinn McComb.  Dr. McComb, an Associate Professor of History at Del Mar College, will present "Querer es Poder: Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio's Quest to Democratize the Sky."  For more information, please contact Dr. Whitney Snow at whitney.snow@msutexas.edu 

On March 27-28, 2020, the MSU Texas Department of History will host the Phi Alpha Theta North Central Texas Regional Meeting.  Proposals are welcome from both graduate and undergraduate students.  Only Phi Alpha Theta members will be eligible for prizes.  If interested, please contact Dr. Whitney Snow at whitney.snow@msutexas.edu (*Cancelled due to COVID-19)

On April 26-27, 2019, the Phi Alpha Theta Speaker Series co-sponsored the 12th Annual Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History.  There were 6 panels with nineteen presenters.  The keynote was Dr. Christopher Morris (University of Texas at Arlington).  The co-sponsored were the MSU Texas Speakers & Issues Series; Agricultural History Society; and Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South (CHASES).

On February 16-17, 2018, the MSU Texas Department of History and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas hosted a Teaching History in the 21st Century Symposium which was co-sponsored by the American Historical Association and Humanities Texas.  The symposium had 18 presenters and 2 keynotes: Dr. Ron Tyler (Former Director of the Texas State Historical Association) and Dr. Anne Hyde (Professor of History, University of Oklahoma).

On October 30, 2017, the MSU Texas Department of History hosted a Reformation 500 Celebration at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art.  The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Brian Levack, Retired John E. Green, Regents Professor Emeritus of History, University of Texas at Austin.