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The study of history prepares the student for understanding present society and culture through a study of the past. Internships are available through museums, historical societies and public agencies.

students exhibit their work in the Mesa State library
Photo by Sharon Sullivan and the Grand Junction Free Press

Colorado Mesa University graduates pursue careers in teaching and public history, as well as private employment. Colorado Mesa history graduates have also been very successful in gaining entrance to graduate study and law school.

History Day

Every spring, Western Slope History Day brings students from across the Western Slope to Grand Junction to have their entries judged by upper division Social and Behavioral Sciences students, faculty, and local citizens from the Grand Valley.

History Day is a national competition that provides students in grades 6-12 with an exciting way to learn about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. It meets many of the Colorado Model Content Standards in History, Geography, Civics, Economics, and Reading/Writing. Students acquire higher-level research and analysis skills as they prepare their entries. They select a topic based on the annual theme, do in-depth and balanced research, and develop a documentary, exhibit, performance, historical paper, and website categories for competition entry. At each level of competition, students present their entries and are interviewed by judges mainly from the Colorado Mesa University community.

a judge at History Day at CMU

Winners at the local competition go on to compete at the State level at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Winners at the State level, in turn, compete at the National History Day competition held annually at the University of Maryland at College Park. Thus far, we have had one student from the Western Slope, from Gunnison High School, to compete in the national competition in Maryland.

For more information: please contact Dr. Vincent Patarino

Holocaust Awareness Series

Holocaust Awareness Weeks is an interdisciplinary series of events and seminars that investigates various aspects of modern genocide and which roughly coincides with the commemorations surrounding National Holocaust Awareness Weeks. Our programs focus on the origins, events, and experiences of genocide in the modern era, looking not only at all of the groups systematically targeted by the Nazi regime in the 1940s, but also by those who were the victims of government-sponsored atrocities such as the Armenian Massacre, the Cambodian genocide, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Rwanda, Iraq, and the Balkan region, and the current genocide taking place in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

Field of Flags display at Mesa State College

Our goal is to bring together the local Grand Junction community with the Colorado Mesa University academic community to focus on the issues of education and diversity within our overall community. Once again, we will be hosting a Field of Flags display on the main academic quad, which will present flags that represent the many different groups targeted during the Holocaust. All of these events are free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact Dr. Vincent Patarino

Graduates of this major will be able to:

Formulate the relationships of cause and effect (specialized knowledge/applied learning);

Assess the importance of historical context (specialized knowledge/applied learning);

Critically analyze an argument based on secondary sources (intellectual skills/critical thinking);

Critically analyze primary sources (intellectual skills /critical thinking);

Formulate a clear and persuasive argument based on evidence (intellectual skills/communication fluency);

Construct a clear thesis with strong topic sentences (intellectual skills/communication fluency).

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