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 medieval Japanese samurai, to 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 majoring in History can also pursue History & Social Science Teacher Licensure (9-12).

History News

  • Suda Memorial Service

    Event for emeritus professor of humanities will be held May 22 in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
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  • Men?s lacrosse coach Chris Klaiber.

    Episode 30: May 7, 2021

    Meet award-winning students Emily Krueger ’21, Larissa Pothoven ’24 and Samuel Stoyanoff ’24; the Voice of Fighting Scots Athletics Nate Baliva gives an update of spring sports; and coach Chris Klaiber (pictured) on the historic win by men’s lacrosse.
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  • Episode 22: March 5, 2021

    Meet the Trustees’ Scholars in the Class of 2025: Bailey Evans of Indianapolis (1:50), Christian Moreno Ayuso of Chicago (3:40), Damilare Olusoga of Chicago (6:45) and Mia Martino of Palatine, Illinois (10:02).
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  • By the numbers

    Forget the should.Free the possible.