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Department of History, Geography, and Museum Studies

We are so pleased to welcome our students back! In celebration of the coming year, we wanted to share a welcome message from Bill Lowry, attorney and Cook County Commissioner (Illinois). His video touches on the usefulness of the study of History for a wide range of professions. 

Check this playlist for more Welcome Back videos from the American Historical Association.

The Department of History, Geography, and Museum Studies is the second-largest in the College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State, and it offers a comprehensive range of courses and degrees. Its programs prepare students for professional life by teaching them to read analytically, think critically, write persuasively, and learn comprehensively. The discipline of History seeks to reconstruct the past to discover what people thought and did. Understanding the past enables one to prepare for the future, and history provides insight into the experiences of diverse peoples as well as an understanding of the process of recording, narrating, and interpreting the past via historical method. The discipline of Geography enhances our knowledge of the earth and broadens our view of the aspects of different cultures and societies. It uses tools such as cartography, geographic information systems, and quantitative methods to analyze processes that influence the natural and built environments.

Armed with such skills, graduates from the Department of History, Geography, and Museum Studies are prepared to work in a wide variety of fields and careers. These include:

  • Research: cultural resources managers, historic preservation specialists, think-tank & policy workers, environmental researchers
  • Government: legislative staffers, congressional aides, intelligence agents & analysts, foreign officers and diplomats, government historians
  • Communication: writers & editors, journalists, producers & broadcasters, information managers, archival & records managers, librarians
  • Business: corporate researchers, technical & business writers, advertising executives, consultants, public relations officers
  • Advocacy: lawyers & paralegals, litigation supporters, foundation & non-profit workers
  • Education: elementary and secondary school teachers, college professors, museum curators, directors, and supporting staff