History majors and minors study the modern world since 1500 at Webster University. Learning to make well-constructed historical arguments, students have the opportunity to research and analyze relevant historical work within multiple academic fields.

The History program at Webster combines a traditional liberal arts approach to the history degree with an innovative approach to course offerings. The faculty values critical thinking and intellectual inquiry and offers topic-specific instruction in their areas of expertise starting in students' first semester. The History curriculum also reflects relevant current events to take learning beyond the classroom and into the community. In recent years, students have designed and installed an exhibit at the old courthouse in downtown St. Louis and participated in the "Change Begins with Me" program at the Holocaust museum.

Students who graduate from the History degree program have a solid understanding of the outlines of modern history, in-depth knowledge of at least one geographic area or historical epoch, the ability to make historical arguments using concrete illustrations and examples and insight into the way history impacts the present day. Alumni go on to apply their academic knowledge in a variety of fields including law, business, politics, diplomacy and human rights.

Points of Distinction

  • Because the history program is housed in a combined department, history students get exposure to relevant work in political science, international relations, and human rights.
  • Webster's campuses in England, Austria, Switzerland, and The Netherlands provide excellent offerings in history and international relations with recognized scholars in their fields.
  • With a class size of 25 students, students receive personalized attention from faculty.
  • Expert faculty are well-respected and widely-published scholars.


Academic Programs


Additional Information

Possible Careers:

  • Curator, American Swedish Historical Museum
  • Lieutenant, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Attorney, Social Security Administration
  • History Teacher, Ferguson-Florissant School District
  • Minister, Midway Hills Christian Church
  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Indiana University
  • Pediatric Cancer Advocate
  • Holocaust & Genocide Scholar