History remains a vital part of a college education, especially in the face of today’s many challenges. Here at Michigan, the study of History teaches critical thinking and persuasive analysis, while offering a broadened vision of the world. Michigan is proud to be one of the nation’s premier public universities, and your continued support remains vital for how we pursue our mission.

This year the department and the Eisenberg Institute held a second annual Career Day panel to offer our majors the perspectives of History alums working in law, theater, urban planning, public relations and business. The interns funded by History’s No Free Mopping program had a fantastic summer, learning the ropes in a non-profit, a public defender’s office, a new magazine, and a Washington think-tank. See what they had to say about the experiences the department’s support made possible at: A newly designed class, History 202 (Doing History), takes the study of history beyond the classroom to museums and libraries around the Ann Arbor campus and in the Detroit area, where students learn how to interpret not just texts, but objects from the past.

Our Strategic Fund is critical to all of these activities. It allows us to support undergraduates in our own department, but also to look outward and enable great programs in other units that will benefit our students.  The Strategic Fund has also been used to sponsor panels on “digital humanities,” an emerging field that invites our students to harness the power of online resources and platforms in their quest to uncover new aspects of human history. 

Please consider a gift to the History Department Strategic Fund. Gifts of all sizes are welcome! A $50 gift might support student research in our Honors Program. A gift of $100 could underwrite a student award for the best essay on some aspect of history. A leadership gift of $1,000 can fund a research assistantship or an intern scholarship.. 

You can give to the Strategic Fund gift online at our website: or call 888.518.7888.  

And to read about all our Victors campaign funding priorities, please click here.