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History at NIU

NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History
NIU Department of History

History at NIU

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.


Announcements for Students

Are you a History major?  Are you interested in becoming a History major?  Have a question about teacher certification?  Contact an advisor   >>>Click here for new internships! <<<  

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?  

Students Making News and a Difference

2015 Outstanding Graduate Students:  Michael Lovell (MA) and Matthew Jagel (PhD)

2015 NIU Internship/Cooperative Education Student of the Year Scholarship, Bronze Recipient:  William Avila (MA 2014)

2015 Dr. Frederick L. Kitterle Memorial Scholarship: David Pinelli

Alex Revzan's (MA 2014) discovery of previously unknown film footage of the 1915 Eastland Disaster in Chicago has received considerable media coverage in recent weeks, including an article in the Chicago Tribune and a feature story in NIU Today: Chicago Tribune article    NIU Today article 

History students swept the humanities prizes at this year’s Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day.

1st place: Karissa Kessen “Surviving Trauma, Creating Memoryscapes: Survivors and Memorial Museums in Argentina and Chile" (faculty mentor J.D. Bowers & Amy Levin)

2nd place: Crispin Brim “A Critical Analysis of the Irish Monthly 1873-1900” (faculty mentor Sean Farrell)

3rd place: (tie) Markie Striegel “The Differing Representations of Imperial Women by Plutarch and Tacitus” (faculty mentor Andy Bruno) and Jessie Shattuck “A New Displinary Approach to Merovingian Gender Studies” (faculty mentor Valerie Garver)

In addition, history major Natalie Cincotta earned an honorable mention for her project related to her German minor “Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Representing and Confronting the Nazi Past in Postwar German Film, 1945-1961” (faculty mentor Friedemann Stuebing). 

Jessie Shattuck earned an honorable mention in the overall category of Arts, Education, Health, Humanities, and Social Science at URAD for her project “A New Disciplinary Approach to Merovingian Gender Studies” (faculty mentor Valerie Garver).

2014-2015 history graduates Natalie Cincotta, Kimberly Halsey, and Jessie Shattuck are the recipients of Outstanding Women Student Awards

Faculty In The News

Presidential Research Professor Aaron Fogleman and Presidential Teaching Professor James Schmidt received their medals April 13, 2015.

Game of Thrones Honor seminar a hit with students, courtesy of Dr. Valerie Garver (History) and Dr. Jeff Chown.

Brian Sandberg won a Fulbright Research award for research in France during Spring 2014.  Brian received another fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Paris for the entire academic year 2014-2015.  He is currently conducting research in France for a book on A Virile Courage: Gender and Violence in the French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629.

Beatrix Hoffman will inspire future physicians at Stritch School of Medicine on May 16, 2015.

Spring 2015 Graduate School Graduation.  Graduates and Professors who attended.
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