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 Seminar Series Begins October 15

    Dr. Darius Staliunas will give a talk entitled "Enemies for a Day: Anti-Jewish Violence in Russian-Ruled Lithuania" on October 15 at 6 PM in the Institute for the Humanities.
  • Call for Papers: Windy City Graduate Student History Conference

    The University of Illinois at Chicago History Graduate Society announces its 7th annual Windy City Graduate Student History Conference: “Historicizing the State.” The two-day conference will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 17-18, 2014.
  • Conference to Honor Our Own John D'Emilio

    On September 11 and 12, the Department of History will co-sponsor a symposium on the life's work of our recently retired Professor John D'Emilio. A host of luminaries will be in attendence.