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About the Program

Southwest Minnesota State University’s History Program is designed to help students understand themselves and their world through the study of the past. The program encourages students to explore and analyze themes, events, and people in history in order to gain a stronger comprehension of the contemporary world. In the process, students also develop skills in writing, speech, and critical thinking, which will be useful in their careers. Southwest’s History Program offers courses in a variety of fields of historical study. A Bachelor of Arts in History, a minor in History as well as a minor in Social Studies, Gr. 5-8 for Social Science Secondary Education Teaching Licensure are both available at Southwest Minnesota State University.


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  • An active History Club
  • Sponsors Women's History Month events (March)
  • Holds speaker series and films
  • Invites speakers from the community


History students often make use of the Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center, a repository of
public documents and a historical research library located on the fifth floor of the McFarland Library at SMSU, and open by appointment. The History Center promotes the study and preservation of Southwest Minnesota’s historical, cultural, ethnic and religious heritage. Business, church, school, legislative, governmental, and immigration records are among the main resources available to students, faculty, and the community.
History students also have access to both e-mail and the Internet via SMSU's computer labs. They may do research via the library's collections that include the University Archives, as well as online resources available through the computer system in our library.

Career Opportunities

The History Program educates students for a wide variety of positions in the academic, professional, governmental and business worlds. The history major is one of the commonly chosen courses of study for those students who wish to go on to law school or to graduate school. The program also prepares a student for a career in public service and administration, public service organizations or government agencies. Our students have been accepted at the best graduate schools and law schools in the country, such as the University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and Columbia University

  • Law School
  • Graduate School
  • Public service
  • Administration
  • Public service organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Businesses
  • Historical Organizations
  • Teaching Abroad
  • Teaching
  • Museums
  • National Parks

Contact Information

History Program - Office

CH 129, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

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  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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