Welcome to MSU Department of History!

History majors learn to think broadly, and they develop skills in critical analysis, research, and oral, written and digital communication. They grow as informed citizens. And they find the joy of making new discoveries and conquering great challenges. Knowledge and experience gained in History coursework enables our majors to excel in a wide variety of fields, such as education, law, government, international development, business, journalism, medicine, social work and much more. Make history! And do so with an eye toward the future. Become a major.

News & Updates

  • Associate Professor of History Ethan Segal recently quoted in Live Science article
    Recently, Michigan State University associate professor of history Ethan Segal was interviewed by Live Science for the story: “Hoard of 100,000 centuries-old coins discovered in Japan.”  Segal explained that the recent find of buried coins is one of many, “mostly from Japan’s medieval period,” that have been found throughout the country.   Read the full Live… Continue Reading Home
  • History Ph.D. candidate Marissa Knaak wins Bob McJimsey Graduate Award
    The Department of History would like to congratulate PH.D. candidate Marissa Knaak for recently winning the Bob McJimsey Graduate Award from the Western Conference on British Studies for her paper: “In the Shadows of Window Displays: Department Store Employees and Class Boundaries in Late Victorian Sheffield. Knaak presented her paper at the WCBS conference in… Continue Reading Home
  • Associate Professor of History John Aerni-Flessner recently publishes two publications
    John Aerni-Flessner, an Associate Professor in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of History at Michigan State University, recently published a dictionary and a chapter.  With two collaborators, Aerni-Flessner co-edited the Historical Dictionary of Lesotho, Third Edition, a reference book that explains historical figures, historical culture, and contemporary events, politics, and… Continue Reading Home
  • Enter our 2023 Photo Contest!
    Do you have some cool photos you have taken and want to win a gift card? Enter our 2023 photo contest! The winner gets a $75 gift card, and the winning photo will be showcased on the cover of our annual department newsletter! Rules: Entries must be your original work and have a “history” theme,… Continue Reading Home
  • History Ph.D. Student Spotlight: David Marchionni
    Name: David Marchionni, Second year Ph.D. student, Asian Pacific American Studies Graduate Fellow for 2023-2024    Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ  Undergrad: McGill University (2018), Graduate Degree: Fordham University (2020).  MSU Research Area: U.S. History; Medical History; Asian Pacific American Studies  Share your background and experience with us:  If you were to poll my colleagues, you’d probably hear… Continue Reading Home