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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 and a Social Science Teaching Licensure in Secondary Education are both available at Southwest Minnesota State.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Online tuition rates are affordable and banded for full time student enrollments.
  • SMSU offers in-state tuition to nearly everyone. No out-state rates. Reciprocity rates may apply.
  • U.S. Citizens & eligible noncitizens can apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota residents completing the FAFSA will also be considered for Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct loan funds as well.
  • SMSU offers a variety of Scholarships that students can apply for!

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

Note: Final high school transcripts, complete with date of graduation, must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to enrollment.

Transfer students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

  • Completed Application for Admission and non-refundable application fee of $20.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended outside the MinnState System, transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to the Southwest Minnesota State University Office of Admission.

4-Year Mustang Academic Plans (MAP)



The purpose of the Mustang Academic Plan (MAP) is to provide navigational direction or a MAP for each academic degree. The MAPs will be used to support current students during academic advising as they create their individual academic plans. The Mustang Advising Plans (MAPs) will also be used to assist potential students and transfer students as they seek program details to make decisions about becoming a future Mustang.

Careers In History

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

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