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Department of History, Geography, and Museum Studies

History, Geography, and Museum Studies

We are so proud of our Spring 2020 graduates! Nala Price and Stanley Price have earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in History. Alex Guinn and Jessica Haywood earned a Masters in African American Studies, while Taylor Brookins and Alexis Jennings earned a Masters in Museum Studies. Finally, Dr. Dana Hammond has earned her PhD in History. In celebration of these graduates, we offer these two virtual commencement speeches created by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Mary Lindemann, President of the American Historical Association. 

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He served as the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture from 2005 to 2019, and as president and director of the Chicago History Museum (Chicago Historical Society) from 2000 to 2005. 

Dr. Mary Lindemann is professor of history and chair of the Department of History at the University of Miami, where she offers courses on the history of early modern European, urban, and medical history. She is currently serving as the President of 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