Future students

Why study history at Wayne State in Detroit?

Studying history in a cultural center like Detroit provides practical experience that's applicable on a national and international scale. Detroit is home to an array of cultural institutions, many of which have partnered with our programs to offer internship and learning opportunities.

These partners currently include The Henry Ford, the Detroit Historical Society, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Walter P. Reuther Library. Students from WSU have taken jobs and internships across the country, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

The Department of History offers a variety of courses in American, African, Asian, European, and world history, taught by award-winning writers and teachers. History students graduate with marketable skills that are widely valued by a range of employers: they have strong research, writing, and oral communication abilities; they read critically, understand complex global issues, and are able to synthesize complex information.

From writing research papers to building digital exhibits to internships, our curriculum emphasizes hands-on training in the methods, skills, and habits of mind of historians. At Wayne State University, you'll study history in the heart of Detroit's cultural center, home to several museums and archives. Our proximity to Michigan's premier cultural institutions and our ongoing partnerships with the Detroit Historical Society and the Walter P. Reuther Library give our students the opportunity to gain practical experience and apply what they learn in the classroom.

150 years in the heart of Detroit