Earn a History Degree

From ancient times to current events, learn how our world came to be.

Students choose to study history at Newman because they share a common love for a past and shaping the present. The world today is fast paced, interconnected, economically diverse and challenging. History is the study of our world and how it came to be. What roles have the people and events of the past played in forming who we are? What role will you play in shaping our future?

Newman's small private university setting and award-winning history professors allows students to shape their education and interests through a practical history degree infused with critical thinking and personal faculty/student mentoring. The history program also provides opportunities to study abroad, including a three-week tour of historic and cultural sites in Europe. The Spanish Department offers Guatemala Study and Serve, an eight-week intensive Spanish immersion program with a service component.

About Our Faculty

History Department

Faculty of the History department possess the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in history. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Career Outlook

While pursuing a degree in history, our students can expect a promising future. A degree in history is limitless in the area of job growth and career options. The technical skills and knowledge acquired from a study in history are typically on the list of needs by employers. The unemployment rate for a graduate degree holder in Humanities and Liberal Arts (History) is a minuscule 3.9% (Georgetown, 2009-10)


A degree in history will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to history. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries based on working professionals with years of experience (Bureau of Labor Statistics, retrieved 2016):


We offer unique opportunities for original research through our internships with local partnerships, including the Museum World Treasures as well as through our university’s archives and Koch Industries. Our internships offer hands-on opportunities to work with artifacts from the past and develop projects for public history education.

Opportunity for Further Education

Many of our history students choose to pursue further education after Newman. In the past decade, our students have gone on to study at Georgetown, Notre Dame, George Washington University, the University of Chicago and beyond.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. The NU History Speaker Series is an organization that allows students to network with guest speakers. We have brought experts in from Kansas Universities, as well as professors from the Army War College and the Holocaust Museum to speak with students on subjects ranging from political violence to Greek sports.

Program Outcomes

Success Story — Felipe Trigos, Class of 2009

Alumnus Felipe Trigos returned to Newman University last fall as a guest speaker in the History Program’s Distinguished Alumni Series. A history major who went on to earn his master's degree in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, Felipe now works for Vision Americas, LLC in Washington D.C. as a research analyst. He has published policy papers for the American Enterprise Institute and has also served as a political commentator for Grupo Radio Formula’s “Formula Confidencial.”

Professor of History and Director of International Studies
Division of Arts & Humanities
316-942-4291 ext. 2178
Office: MN313
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Professor of History and Director of the Honors Program
Division of Arts & Humanities
316-942-4291 ext. 2325
Office: MN315