History at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Understand the past to inform a better future.

By majoring in the fascinating field of history, you can focus on the aspects of the past that interest you most while developing a range of valuable skills. As you explore how societies have evolved over time, you'll develop your ability to interpret information, communicate persuasively and use evidence effectively. You'll be prepared to be a responsible citizen and an in-demand professional.

 My classes are designed to help students improve their ability to read and understand scholarly arguments and material from the historical record. I try to work closely with students on their research and writing.

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What Can I Do With a History Degree From NIU?

By studying history, you open doors to many professional opportunities. Our graduates find success in teaching, research, archival work and other roles in education, government and business settings. A history degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of areas.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Strategic planning
  • Teaching

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospitality
  • Information technology

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Career Potential for NIU History Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Accenture
  • Aon
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Chicago Public Schools 
  • Community Unit School District 300
  • East Aurora School District 131

Job titles include:

  • Founder
  • Manager
  • Owner
  • President
  • Project manager
  • Teacher

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a History Major at NIU

You'll take courses on a range of eras and regions. You can also delve into more specific topics that align with your interests, such as ethnicity and immigration, women’s history and legal/political issues. To get involved beyond the classroom, you can join our History Club, study abroad and much more.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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