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  • History students on field trip
  • Classroom whiteboard notes
  • Field school session in library's McGinnis Room

History Club members visit the Kensington Runestone Museum in nearby Douglas County.

Here is the result of students’ collaborative timeline-building in HIST 3212, The French Revolution, with History Professor Emily Bruce.

Students examine original archival materials at the Native American Education Field School with instructors Becca Gercken and Kevin Whalen. History Professor Steve Gross prepared materials for this class session in the McGinnis Room at Briggs Library.

History introduces students to the human past and the need to approach decision-making with a clear awareness of a broad range of choices. Through courses exploring various cultures, periods, and human experiences, students come to understand the construction of historical knowledge, the nature of historical sources, and the process of historical inquiry.

  • The curriculum includes courses exploring human history from numerous places and perspectives with special offerings in:
    • American Indian history
    • Latin American history
    • African history
    • Gender & sexuality studies

  • Students enjoy exceptionally close interaction with faculty. Our largest course is capped at 40 students; many upper-division courses are limited to 10–25 students.

  • Morris students are part of the University of Minnesota system, benefiting from access to the resources of a top research institution. Few liberal arts colleges can make this claim.

  • The student-designed senior research project and coursework emphasizing analysis of primary and secondary sources, comprehensive problem solving, and effective communication skills, make a Morris graduate a strong competitor in the job market.

  • The Morris campus is home to the West Central Historical Research Center, a repository of unique historical documents and artifacts covering western Minnesota and the surrounding area. Students may investigate both the items in this collection and the process of maintaining a professional historical archive.

Nestled on the prairies of western Minnesota, the Morris campus is not only surrounded by Native American and northern plains history, it is a part of it. Faculty from various disciplines have expertise in these areas, providing students with both a focused and an interdisciplinary approach to these subjects.