The Department of History offers an undergraduate degree, an undergraduate minor, a graduate degree, and a combined bachelor's/master's degree in Secondary Education. Undergraduate majors may select one of four concentrations: Standard, Pre-Law, Public History, or Secondary Education.

 Please visit Campus Connection if you would like to declare a history major or minor. You can also a view tutorial on the Declaration tool here.

Undergraduate Major Concentrations   

History Department Learning Goals

Undergraduate Minor   

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees   

The TEACH Program combines a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) undergraduate Social Science major (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, or Sociology) or a Science and Health (Psychology) major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master's in Education Program. Students graduate with a BA or BS in their disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary Social Science licensure.

The History/Journalism combined BA/MA degree allows students to complete a bachelors degree in history and a master's degree in journalism in 5 years by taking 3 journalism graduate courses during senior year. For more information about the MA in Journalism and the combined degree, please contact Bruce Evensen or Olivia Heath.

Graduate Degree   

The History M.A. Program has a curricular-wide emphasis on historiography.  By historiography we mean the issues addressed by such questions (to give but a few examples) as:  How have different scholars approached and written about this topic? What sources and methods have they used?  What are major points of consensus or disagreement (if any) on this topic?  What is the “state of the question”?  How have views of the issue changed over time?  Have teaching texts kept up with the latest scholarship?  Thus, in addition to increased mastery of informational content, graduates of our program will be made aware of the multiple levels of history and how they are and have been communicated in different ways to diverse audiences. 

Program Goals

The faculty of the Department of History have established the following goals for the M.A. in History program:

  • To provide students with a thorough awareness of the breadth and complexity of the discipline of history
  • To expose students to a wide range of historical topics and methodologies
  • To train students in the efficient and accurate analysis of any historical argument that they encounter
  • To create an atmosphere where graduate students enjoy the intellectual benefits and support of a cohort of peers taking shared coursework
  • To offer those students currently working as teachers an opportunity to explore new dimensions of historical inquiry
  • To provide those students considering further study toward the Ph.D. with the tools to succeed at that level.

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