For students interested in a strong liberal arts education, history represents a fascinating, flexible major that permits study of the broadest possible range of human experience. History majors not only explore the past, gaining insights into how societies change over time, but also develop important reading, writing, research, and interpretive skills.
The History faculty has a distinguished record as active scholars and as committed teachers. We provide solid coverage of major historical periods and regions as well as topical courses in diplomatic, intellectual, religious, urban, ethnicity and immigration, legal and policy history, women’s history, and public history. Many of our newer courses have a global and comparative thematic focus.
The club is designed to be a resource for History majors/minors to help them through their school career. The goal is to collect the best information and advice about classes and professors, as well as bring in guest speakers who can answer any question you may have about the major, careers, internships, etc. The club also hosts trivia nights, movie nights, and field trips to local museums and historical sites.
Our program emphasizes the development of skills in socio-historical analysis, research, and writing, and a course of study that allows students to pursue subjects of personal interest, while gaining a broad and comparative perspective on human history.
We encourage our students to take advantage of study-abroad programs, which provide students of history and allied disciplines an opportunity to study first hand the historical development and traditions of other peoples and their cultures.
Surveys of employers have revealed that liberal arts majors with intern credits do very well in the job market. Internships allow students to test possible career fields, network, and develop specific skills. The undergraduate program emphasizes the development of skills in socio-historical analysis, research and writing, and a course of study that allows students to pursue subjects subjects of personal interest, while gaining a broad and comparative perspective on human history.
Historical study provides the basis for effective, responsible, and articulate membership in society and for success in a wide variety of careers. The skills one learns in History — how to find and analyze information, how to synthesize and communicate that information, how to write and speak persuasively, how to use evidence to support assertions — are essential for succeeding in many professions. Understanding the historical origins of contemporary issues is pivotal to making good decisions for the future.
NIU History graduates have gone on to law and other professional schools; museum and archival work; government, military, and private sector employment; teaching; and graduate school in a variety of disciplines. Study of history opens many possible professional doors, rather than preparing students to do one thing.
Students interested in declaring a History major or minor must meet with one of the departmental advisors during the scheduled office hours listed below. All students wishing to declare a History major will be asked to go to Founders Memorial Library to locate and check out a book on history, and to bring this to the advisor, before a major declaration form is filled out.