A history minor complements any degree offered at Truman. You pursue the wondrous complexities of the past while acquiring the skills and insight necessary to prepare for an exciting and fulfilling future. Our rigorous academic program stresses critical thinking, analytical reading, problem solving, careful research, and effective writing and communication.
Innovative Curriculum and Exceptional Faculty
Our curriculum, taught by dynamic, award-winning teachers and internationally acclaimed scholars, offers you the opportunity to investigate broadly and deeply. Our World History courses introduce you to the fascinating and complex interactions of vastly diverse peoples, but also tease out the themes and issues that draw emerging civilizations toward the global present. Through a close examination of US history, you will discover both the debates within and professional approaches to the profession. Our more geographically and topically focused classes encourage you to dig deeply into the nuanced detail of specific cultures, peoples, and times.
Small Classes and Camaraderie
At Truman, small classes foster interpersonal relationships among a supportive community of learners where you collaborate with other bright, ambitious students. Your professors get to know you on a one-on-one basis and take a genuine interest in your success. The Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta are vibrant social organizations that are also engaged in various service projects.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Research is essential to the study of history, and at Truman, you choose the topic for your own independent research projects pursued under the guidance of Truman’s outstanding History faculty. As you study the past, picture yourself exploring other cultures through study abroad in places like Greece, Africa, and Ireland. You can further enhance your experience at Truman through internship opportunities, including our Judicial Archives Project or the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library Internship in Independence, Missouri.
May 27, 2020
A huge shout out from the History department faculty to our fabulous librarians in Pickler Memorial. They do terrific work every day, but went above and beyond during the spring 2020 semester!!
April 10, 2020
Jason McDonald, Assistant Professor of History, was recently interviewed by Flatland, the digital magazine of Kansas City Public Television (KCPT). The interview features in “The Gene: A Brief History of Eugenics in the Heartland,” which accompanies KCPT’s airing of Ken Burn’s documentary The Gene: An Intimate History.