Graduate Bridge Certificate in World History

Wayne State's world history certificate prepares current and future teachers to teach world history in middle school, high school, college or university. Demand for world history teachers has increased over the past several years and our program provides you with the knowledge and credentials needed to teach in the field.

As a coursework-only degree (students do not write a thesis or complete a capstone project), this certificate program is also an ideal option for lifelong learners who want to know more about the history of world events, but who are not ready to commit to a longer and more intensive master's program.

Students already admitted to the master's in history, master's in public history, any joint master's degree programs in history or the doctorate in history may earn the world history certificate concurrent with their primary degree by completing a change of status form and filing a certificate program plan of work.

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About the program

World history certificate students complete four classes for a total of 12 credits, which include a graduate seminar and three electives. You can earn the certificate in as few as two semesters or take up to three years to complete coursework. If, after completing your certificate, you decide you'd like to continue on for an advanced degree in history or public history, all of your coursework will count toward a master's or a doctorate in our department.

Amanda Walter, lecturer, Towson University, Ph.D., 2019

The knowledge and theories I learned while earning the world history certificate have greatly informed my teaching.

While I primarily teach United States history, the United States does not exist in a vacuum. The certificate has helped me place the United States in a global context. World systems theory, which I learned as part of the certificate, helps students understand the interconnected world, particularly when grappling with the difficult topic of economic change

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Karen Marrero, history graduate director

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This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.