“I first started at Weber State in 1999. I chose history because, to me, history is fascinating. It is used everyday in almost every occupation. In order to see what is going to happen in the future, one must first analyze the past. The professors in the history department are some of the smartest people I have ever encountered, and their encouragement and willingness to help students succeed is second to none. Now this semester, just shy of 20 years later, I will be graduating with my degree in history, and I haven’t been this excited about something for a long time. Weber State and the people in the history department have made all this happen for me, and I can’t put into words how much this means to me and my family.”
Colby Baty, class of 2018
“I had a great experience in Weber State’s History program. Classes were small; as a result, I always felt like I could participate in class discussions. Classes were engaging and significantly expanded my knowledge of history. I always knew that professors were committed to my success. I am still in contact with former professors who continue to give me professional guidance. Because of the support I received and a solid foundation of knowledge I was able to get a job teaching immediately upon graduation. Skills that I learned at Weber State prepared me and gave me the confidence to start teaching honors courses and Advance Placement United States History early in my teaching career.”
Michelle Braeden, class of 2006, history teacher, Ogden High School
“The courses I took and the relationships I developed at Weber State’s history department not only helped me gain admission into a top PhD program, but they also helped me to develop the critical and analytical thinking skills that our ever-changing world demands, and to sharpen the writing and argumentation abilities that it requires. And at at time when our nation faces monumental social, economic and political challenges, what I learned here helped me to appreciate nuance and to think empathetically and, more importantly, it prepared me to effectively use historical knowledge to tackle contemporary problems and offer creative solutions for our future. Weber State’s history department is a challenging environment, full of caring professors and brilliant minds.”
Eladio Bobadilla, class of 2013, PhD student, Duke University
"Studying History at Weber State allows students to gain two incredibly marketable skills - research and critical thinking. These skills are applicable in any field. A history student has limitless opportunities if he/she is willing to apply the skills they learn in the department. Take me for example. I graduated with a degree in History in 2009. I went into technical writing, where my ability to research and successfuly interpret advanced technical concepts allowed me to quickly climb the corporate ladder."
Kevin Hiatt, Class of 2009, Program Manager, L-3 Communications