Gauging Our Progress and Significance

The discipline of history concerns itself with fleshing out and maintaining the record of the human past, thereby forming an indispensable background for all other areas of knowledge—in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. By learning history, we define and measure ourselves and gauge both our progress and our significance.

The history department offers courses in the Liberal Arts Core contributing to the liberal education of students from all areas of the university, and also offers a major with two distinct emphases—a liberal arts emphasis and a teaching emphasis—as well as a minor. Additionally, our master's degree program is designed to extend and deepen the training of history teachers at the graduate level.

Our faculty are the mainstay of the department as well as the source of its excellence. Having won the university’s Distinguished Scholars, Advisor of the Year, and Teaching Excellence awards, they contribute in manifold ways to the education of all of UNC’s undergraduates.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to undergraduate history scholars!


History majors won all five of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards for 2017. Maggie Gately won the Distinguished Research Award for the top undergraduate paper for the year in the College. Her paper, titled "Fear, Loyalty, and Social Status in Jonestown," focuses on the structure of the Peoples Temple and of Jonestown, Guyana. The paper argues the Peoples Temple was a product of racial and economic disparities in the United States and relied on creating a fear of the “other” and on the unwavering belief of the masses to survive, while more educated people or those with more influence in the Society threatened the institution’s survival.

History undergraduate students Aubrey White, Kier Netherton, Nathan Myers and Zoe King earned HSS Outstanding Research Awards.


The History Department at the University of Northern Colorado is proud to announce that Zoe King, a graduating senior in the class of 2018, has been named as one of the winners in the competition to attend this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference will be help from April 4-7, 2018, on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.  Awardees are sponsored by their institutions for travel, and earn the opportunity to present their scholarship with peers from around the country (over 4,000 students applied for the 2018 competition).

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Zoe’s paper, “Are We There Yet? Childhood Stories of the Western Trails,” was written in the fall of 2017 in HIST 327, The Early American West (instructor: Dr. Michael Welsh). The essay reviews childhood during the era of westward expansion from a young person’s perspective. With documentation from diaries, journals, and memoirs, each voyage westward recounts both happiness and hardship.

History Day

In early March, UNC hosts a day filled with history and fun. Hundreds of middle and high school students from northeastern Colorado participate in UNC History Day. Students present their research to panels of scholars including faculty members from UNC’s History Department. Performances, documentaries and website presentations are open to the public and attendees may view exhibits at scheduled times.


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