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.
Connect with other history majors by joining our Peer Mentoring Program. Would you like a peer mentor who can answer your questions? Would you like to help your fellow students out as a mentor?
Please join us in welcoming Nicole Cappelli to our History Department, as our new department office manager.
Dr. Garver has begun issuing permits for the Senior Thesis course HIST495. Students can come to her regular office hours (MW 1:30-3:30 p.m. and F 10:00-10:50 a.m. in Zulauf 607) for a permit. If you cannot come during office hours, you may request a permit via email (VGarver@niu.edu). To avoid unnecessary delays, please include both your ZID number and your preferred section of 495 in your message. Check MyNIU to select one of the four scheduled sections. Seats are limited! Priority goes to seniors graduating in May and August 2015, and to teacher certification candidates scheduled to enroll in HIST496 & ILAS 401 in Fall 2015. Students who plan to apply to history graduate programs will receive priority for remaining seats but must have a professor in the NIU History Department send Dr. Garver and e-mail of endorsement. Dr. Garver will check each student's degree progress report to make sure s/he meets the above criteria and has taken HIST295 and one 400-level History course before issuing permits.
Students Making News and a Difference
Matea Pejic helps promote UNICEF around campus. "I owe my whole life to UNICEF. I wouldn't be here without them." Her story.
Heeyoung Choi (PhD. program) has won the MCAA 2014 Percy Buchanan Prize for the best graduate paper in Northeast Asia. Her paper, "The Influence of Performing Arts on the Nationalism and the Cutlural Interaction between Ethnic Groups: Music and Dance of Korean Immigrants in Hawai'i during the Early 20th Century." The presentation and prize award was on October 3-5, 2014 at the SWCAS and MCAA joint meeting. Dr. E. Taylor Atkins is her advisor.
Amy Powers (Ph.D. 2007) has been selected as the 2014 History Alumnus of the Year.
Faculty in the News
Aaron Fogleman's recent book, "Two Troubled Souls," has won the American Historical Association 2014 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History.
Stanley Arnold's new book, "Building the Beloved Community: Philadelphia’s Interracial Civil Rights Organizations and Race Relations, 1930-1970,” was published by the University Press of Mississippi. NIU Today article Celebration Photos
Heide Fehrenbach was named Faculty Mentor of the Year at the Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, April 22, 2014.
Kate Maley has won an SPS Presidential Award for Excellence. NIU Today article