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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

Natalie Cincotta is a 2014 Lincoln Laureate finalist.  cincotta

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

Sean Farrell will take over January 5, 2015 as the Director of Graduate Studies.  If you have graduate program questions, you can reach him at 815-753-6820 or SFarrel1@niu.edu.  His new office is Zulauf 726.

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

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