History (B.S. or B.A.)

Why Study History at NIU?

Historical study provides the basis for effective, responsible and articulate membership in society and for success in a wide variety of careers. Our program emphasizes the development of skills in socio-historical analysis, research, and writing, and a course of study that allows you to pursue subjects of personal interest while gaining a broad and comparative perspective on human history. You'll learn valuable skills in our history program that are essential for succeeding in many professions, such as:

  • How to find and analyze information.
  • How to synthesize and communicate that information.
  • How to write and speak persuasively.
  • How to use evidence to support assertions.

Understanding the historical origins of contemporary issues is pivotal to making good decisions for the future.

Careers with a History Degree

The study of history opens many possible professional doors, rather than just preparing you for one single field. NIU history graduates have taken many rewarding careers in areas such as:

  • Law and other professional schools
  • Museum and archival work
  • Government, military and private sector employment
  • Teaching

Many of our graduates also go on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines.

History Faculty

Our history faculty has a distinguished record as active scholars and as committed teachers. We provide solid coverage of major historical periods and regions as well as topical courses covering areas such as:

  • Diplomatic
  • Intellectual
  • Religious
  • Urban
  • Ethnicity and immigration
  • Legal and policy history
  • Women's history
  • Public history

Many of our newer courses have a global and comparative thematic focus.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

While studying history at NIU, you'll have many opportunities available to you, such as:

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