Through its examination of the social, economic, political, and military experience of earlier societies and civilizations, the discipline of history provides a framework for understanding events, trends and developments in contemporary life and culture. The study of history is not merely an academic endeavor; rather it is a lifelong pursuit for those who wish to see where we are headed as a nation, as a global community, and as a species.
Missouri Western’s history program provides students with a broad understanding of historical events and topics across time, as well as in-depth analysis of specific eras and themes. With smaller class sizes and a focus on reading, writing, and discussion, students are introduced to the tools of the historian’s craft.
Students may major in history receiving a B.A./B.S. or a B.A./B.S. with Teacher Certification. Students majoring in all other disciplines may minor in either United States or European history.
Students who excel in history will be invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society that promotes the study of history through research, teaching, and publishing. The Phi Alpha Theta chapter at Missouri Western is an active university organization with monthly meetings and regular academic and social activities.
Geography is the study of how humans spatially interact with the physical environment. Geographers seek to describe, relate and explain the natural and cultural phenomena that distinguish places around the world. Studying geography increases students' ability to analyze complex situations, events and trends, and draw logical inferences from them. Geography often functions as a bridge between the natural sciences and the social sciences.
Missouri Western’s geography program provides students with an introduction to cultural and physical geography, as well as hands-on technical experience with GIS (Geographic Information Systems). A minor in geography is available to students majoring in any discipline.