About Us

History is the study of change over time, but it's also the story of who we are as people, how our world was created, and what we value and believe. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields, many of our graduate students go on to secure tenure-track jobs in universities and colleges throughout the nation, and our undergraduates have the freedom to explore their variety of interests while remaining grounded in the mainstream of the discipline.  All together, the department is a perfect setting to garner a broad-based education to form a well-informed citizenry.

Why MAJOR IN History?

Because every succeeding generation has new questions to ask of the past, history is constantly being rewritten, which makes it an exciting, sometimes dramatic discipline. Perhaps of equal importance, studying history allows students to develop skills constantly in demand in the workplace. In fact, a recent survey found that employers rank writing, research, critical-thinking, and perspective-taking as the most vital skills they hope to see in new hires. These are precisely the skills one develops in the sustained study of history. History majors not only take numerous courses requiring them to develop as writers, they also produce a capstone paper inviting them to locate, evaluate, and make sense of evidence. Learning history is thus not only vital to understanding the past and the present, but it also invites students to develop valuable workplace skills.  For more on how to articulate the skills you develop as a history major, click here. Meanwhile, the American Historical Association has compiles a fun list of famous history majors.

News And Events

  • Professor Sunil M. Agnani wins ACLA Harry Levin Prize

    Sunil M. Agnani's, book Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism (Fordham University Press, 2013) won the 2014 Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA).
  • Festschrift Conference: Humanism Challenges Materialism in the work of Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

    On March 20-22, this event honors the work of Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at UIC who came to the university in 2000. The conference explores the centrality of ethics, identity, and prudence in economic history and adjacent fields of inquiry. We will circulate nine papers prior to the conference and anticipate vigorous discussion during presentations in order to develop them for publication. Each paper will begin with 10 minutes of introductory remarks, reserving the bulk of time for conversation.
  • A Diet of Globalization: The History and Possible Futures of Mexican Foodways Conference

    Professor Chris Boyer will host the “Diet of Globalization” conference this Thursday, December 4, at the Institute for the Humanities. It will include presentations from six of the leading experts on the history of food, the environment, and the global politics of production in Mexico. For more information, or to register for the free conference, please visit: http://huminst.uic.edu/ifth/research-support/humanities-without-walls/christopher-boyer