Welcome to the Department of History at Northern Illinois University
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. You will receive 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, and public history. Our graduates are involved with teaching (here and abroad, secondary to university), museums (local up to the Smithsonian), research (company, organization, etc), publishing papers and books, and numerous other areas.
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