Declare Your History Major or Minor Here

Muhlenberg's History Department aspires to a global reach. Our students cultivate a thoughtful and nuanced understanding of past human experiences across time and space and their various contested interpretations. As skilled researchers, problem solvers and writers, they use and analyze historical evidence and enter into dialogue with existing scholarship to present their own interpretations and arguments in persuasive prose. History is central to the liberal arts. We prepare our students to become global citizens who think critically about their place in the world and engage with their communities through an understanding of how past events have shaped contemporary issues.

Our teacher-scholars specialize in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East and the United States, which ensures curricular breadth and depth on a global scale. Our students explore the human condition from a comparative historical perspective and can pursue in depth their own areas of interest. This History curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills and effective writing, while providing opportunities for independent research, internships and study abroad. Our graduates are prepared for professions in public health and medicine, the nonprofit sector, museums, the library sciences, law, government, business and academia.

Our Program

History at Muhlenberg

Right Down to the Bones

Our alumni

Alex Denning ’09 oversees the University of New Mexico’s Laboratory of Human Osteology, which houses the skeletal remains of between 3,000 and 5,000 individuals.


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    Muhlenberg was also named the 18th Best College in Pennsylvania and in the top 10 percent nationally for performing arts. The College was in the top 10 in the state for Best Colleges for Communications (#6), Best Small Colleges (#7) and Best Liberal Arts Colleges (#8) and among the top 25 for several academic programs, overall value and more.

  • Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics Speaker Series Begins September 6

    "The Ethics of the Image" is the theme for the 2023-2024 program. The interdisciplinary speaker series will explore the ethics of representing ideas and representing others using images or pictures, and the nuances of what it means to use images to communicate, with help from practitioners and scholars.

  • This Is the Liberal Arts

    At Muhlenberg, each student is exposed to a variety of ideas, ways of thinking and academic disciplines, regardless of what they end up declaring as a major. These stories demonstrate the power and potential of such an education.