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Welcome to History at NIU! We are a community of scholars committed to studying the past in all its diversity. Our award-winning faculty excels in teaching, research, and engagement. Our students are deeply involved in historical study in and out of the classroom, and our alumni use their historical studies in a wide variety of careers. Our undergraduate program offers a fascinating, flexible major that permits study of the broadest possible range of human experience, while our graduate programs support advanced study at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Aspiring and current teachers advance their careers through our educator licensure program in history and social sciences. 


Latest Faculty Books

Dr. Damián Fernández has published Aristocrats and Statehood in Western Iberia, 300-600 C.E. with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Dr. Andrea Smalley has published Wild By Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization with Johns Hopkins University Press.


Latest Awards

  • Dr. Valerie Garver has won the Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship and is spending the fall 2017 semester as a Member in Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
  • Dr. W. Bruce Lincoln, Professor Emeritus, and one of the nation’s top Russian scholars, was posthumously awarded the CLAS Distinguished Award, which honors faculty, staff, and alumni who have made major positive contributions to the college and its reputation for excellence.
  • Dr. Christine Worobec, Board of Trustees and Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, has been honored for Distinguished Contributions by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
  • Dr. Ismael Montana has been awarded the Yvonne Captain Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education by the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars! This award recognizes that his “record of international scholarship and contributions is truly outstanding.”


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