History is the story of life and what it means to be alive. Historians help others understand complex issues by researching, evaluating, and assessing complex and often conflicting information.

More than names and dates

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner’s famous line about the power of history will ring true to anyone with a passion for learning more about the leaders, civilizations, crises, and revolutions that all add up to shape the world we know today. Our history students explore the stories of the past— from Mexican revolutionaries, to legal history in Illinois.

Using stories to connect the world

Students learn to connect the world through those stories and understand how the past affects us. Our courses teach students to explore primary and secondary sources as the first step toward creating an individual research project that unlocks the past.

We want students to understand the interconnectivity of the globe. Our program focuses both on U.S. and non-U.S. history to show how our stories affect each other.

Students wishing to become high school history teachers can major in Social Science Education with a concentration in History.

History News

  • Senior Profile: Natalia Garcia

    Thanks to professor’s tip, recent Monmouth grad Natalia Garcia secures Springfield internship, fulfilling assurance made during her recruitment.
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  • Neil Dahlstrom.

    Episode 23: March 18, 2022

    Classics and history major Neil Dahlstrom ’98 discusses his critically acclaimed new book, Tractor Wars: John Deere, Henry Ford, International Harvester, and the Birth of Modern Agriculture.
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  • MADISON HIESER: ?I was so drawn to the community aspect of Monmouth. ... And after going on a vis...

    The Ties That Bind

    A Scots legacy, Trustees’ Scholar Madison Hieser was attracted to Monmouth’s strong sense of community.
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  • Kieft Scholars