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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

  • Dandelions in the Concrete: Planting the Seeds of Resistance

    In the wake of the election, our theme this quarter is Planting the Seeds of Resistance and we are focusing on resistance, hope and rejuvenation. We will have seeds and pots for planting resistance, as well as tables for sharing resistance stories and poetry, for learning how to make your own bead bracelets, and for writing love letters to ourselves and those we love. We will also have a book swap table, so please bring a book to swap!

    We are also collecting donations for GirlForward.  They are asking for paper – loose leaf paper, graphing paper, lined paper, plain paper, etc.  So please consider bringing paper to donate to the organization. GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. We will have more information on the organization at Dandelions.

    As always we will have an open mic to share our stories, poetry, music and more, as well as great food!


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    Dandelions is an open event that welcomes students, faculty, community members, and their friends and families to create a space that cultivates a sense of transformation and healing for all bodies and people. 

    Location: SAC
  • 2017 Women's History Month Lecture

    This event is a lecture by Dr. Emily Romeo titled "Fighting for their Families: Anglo-American Women and Indian War in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts." Dr. Romeo completed her MA in History at DePaul before going on to U Chicago for a PhD (“The Virtuous and Violent Women of Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts”). She currently teaches in the History Department at DePaul University and for the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. 

    Location: TBA
  • The Scholar’s Game Night - The Scholar’s Improv 2: Academic Boogaloo

    Join us as DePaul professors and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians go toe-to-toe, as the comedians perform improv and the professors are challenged to lecture extemporaneously on surprise topics.  Led by improv comic Pete Parsons, the comedians will present six improvised scenes, showcasing their talent, quick minds, and artistry.  These moments will be interspersed with five mini-lectures by DePaul professors, each accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation in his or her field but which he or she has never seen before.  By the end of the evening, you’ll see that what academicians do by thinking, thinking on their feet, and making others think is a real art, and that what professional improv comedians do is a similarly intellectually and aesthetically rich enterprise worthy of serious scholarly reflection—as well as laughter.


    “A must-see!  Don’t miss the only DHC event of the year at which Stephen Colbert, Stephen Hawking, Stephen King, and Stephen Sondheim would feel equally at home—and all make fun of Stephen Baldwin.”  

    —Stephen Jay Gould

  • 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.