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Welcome to the Department of History at DePaul. Our department offers a full, rich curriculum in undergraduate and graduate education. More than 30 full and part-time outstanding faculty offer day and night courses on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, as well as online.

In addition to its strong undergraduate program with concentrations in public history, pre-law, secondary education, as well as a standard concentration, the department offers a standard minor, a minor in the History of Law, a minor in Museum Studies, a graduate degree (MA), and several five-year combined BA/MA degree options, all of which have the potential for exciting career opportunities (see Why Major in History).

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Meet Eliot Pope, MA, '08 and Alyssa Pullara, BA, '16.

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  • Faculty Spotlight

    Tera Agyepong, Juan Mora-Torres and Kerry Ross

    Meet Professors Tera Agyepong, Juan Mora-Torres and Kerry Ross.

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  • Student Spotlight

    Gail Parson

    Meet Gail Parson.

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Upcoming Events

  • Fake News: What to Do About It?

    Sponsored by DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence
    and the College of Communication Journalism Program

    5:30 - 6 p.m.: Light refreshments
    6- 7 p.m.: Panel
    7-7:30 p.m.: Q&A and additional refreshments

    Panel moderated by Jill Hopke, Assistant Professor of Journalism.

    Jessica Alverson is the Assistant Coordinator for Instruction of E-learning in the DePaul University Library. She currently coordinates the first-year library instruction program, as well as designs and provides support for online students. In her past role at New York University Libraries, she served as the Librarian for Media, Culture, and Communication and Journalism.  She is also one of the authors of the Association for College and Research Libraries “Information Literacy Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals.” She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Ben Epstein is an assistant professor in political science at DePaul University. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of high school and university settings around the nation and teaches courses in American politics, media and politics, political communication, and racial and ethnic politics. His research is focused primarily on American political development and political communication with particular emphasis on the intersection of the internet and politics. His first book, The Only Constant is Change: The Political Communication Cycle, is currently in contract with Oxford University Press and will be available in early 2018. The book explores the technological, behavioral, and political aspects of political change over time and, in doing so, identifies a recurring pattern that can be used to compare periods across time and explore the choices of different types of political actors. Ben is a Minnesotan at heart living in Chicago with his wonderful wife and two great kids.

    Frank LoMonte joined the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate and in many other outlets. He teaches media law as an adjunct instructor with the University of Georgia law and journalism schools.

    Samantha Rivera was born in Chicago, raised in the Northwest suburbs, Samantha is a senior at DePaul University, pursuing a bachelor's in journalism and public relations & advertising. She's currently an assistant producer under Carol Marin and Don Moseley with DePaul's Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, a sports beat/news writer for the national award-winning newspaper, The DePaulia, and reported for DePaul's Chicago Emmy Award-winning show, "Good Day DePaul." On top of school-related work, Samantha is a news/sports co-host for Univision and Radio DePaul’s “La Hora Picante” on 1200 AM, a show for bilingual millennials. She's also a communications intern for PCG Sports Desk Media, a sports marketing consulting firm. When she's not working, you can find her catching up on her favorite shows, "Jane the Virgin," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and of course, the tear-inducing show, "This Is Us.”

  • Best-selling Author Jeff VanderMeer Speaking at DePaul during Earth Week

    AREA X: Environmental Storytelling in the Age of Trump and the Anthropocene

    DePaul University is honored to host New York Times bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer, as part of its Earth Week programming.   VanderMeer will speak about storytelling in the Anthropocene, the subject of a non-fiction work in progress. His talk will range from the political to the personal, in a context of his concern for and connection to the Florida wilderness.


    Location: McGowan South
  • Transformations: Art, Identity, Ideology
    • LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of Jam on the Vine; 2016-17 DHC Visiting Fellow
    • Jeff Carter, Professor of Art, Media, & Design, DePaul University
    • Sonny Assu, Interdisciplinary Ligwilda'xw Kwakwaka'wakw contemporary artist
    • With a performance of Abbey Lincoln’s music

    When the dominant structures of cultural power overwhelm, allowing full subjectivity only for some, the expression of one’s identity—including race, gender, ethnicity, and class—is often possible only through art.  By appropriating and re-purposing those dominant markers and ideologies, art can remind us that nothing is as fixed as we might like to believe.  Join us for an evening that explores the ways in which Native/tribal identity emerges by confronting and usurping corporate logos, racial identity and history proves amorphous through music, and a hacking of IKEA furniture questions modernist philosophy, economics, and globalism.

  • History of Art and Architecture Student Symposium

    12th Annual History of Art and Architecture Student Symposium