The Department of History offers an undergraduate major as part of either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students can learn a foreign language of their choice in order to earn a B.A. degree, or can pursue any of the B.S. degree sequences (various combinations of math with computer or natural sciences).
Whichever path you choose, our major is open for you to explore. Although we require our students to acquire breadth both chronologically and geographically, our major has sufficient choices and electives to allow students to pursue their strongest interests and/or sample from the wide range of periods and places covered by our classes. The majority of our majors are able to pursue a minor or double major, a practice we encourage. We also offer a highly flexible minor that pairs well with nearly every major.
A history major offers excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. In addition to teaching and public history, our graduates have gone on to work in fields as varied as finance, non-profit fundraising, information science, journalism, business, government, politics and public administration. The communication, research and analytical skills that history majors learn are useful in nearly all jobs. We encourage our majors to take advantage of the assistance NIU Career Services can provide.
Prospective students with questions about the major and minor in history should contact the department.