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

  • SEE NEXT Working Group: Yaroslav Hrytsak: "Center, Periphery and the Habsburg Dilemma: The Case of Ivan Franko"

    The UIC SEE NEXT Working Group (Seminar: East European and Northern Eurasian Crosstalk) and the UIC Institute for the Humanities presents Yaroslav Hrytsak, from L’viv Catholic University, giving the lecture: "Center, Periphery and the Habsburg Dilemma: The Case of Ivan Franko (1856 – 1916)" November 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. Location: Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, lower level Stevenson Hall University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Windy City Graduate History Conference October 17 and 18

    UIC Hosts the Windy City Graduate History Conference begins Friday, October 17 from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM on the 6th floor of Student Center East. There will be graduate student panels at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM, and the keynote lecture will be at 4:30 PM, followed by a reception. The keynote speaker is James T. Sparrow, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. His talk is entitled, "Problems of the Democratic State." The conference continues with panels on Saturday, October 18. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Susan Levine winner of the inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership

    Professor Levine is one of three recipients of the Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina's inaugural Janet Colm Award for Transformative Leadership. This award recognizes three distinguished individuals in appreciation of their leadership to help ensure increased access to comprehensive health care for women, men and teens.