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Department of History.

History - A Solid Foundation for Career Success

Our dedicated faculty & staff assist students as they develop the analytical, research, and communications skills that will enable them to excel in their chosen careers, such as teaching, law, government, public history, business, management, non-profit organizations, and public service.

The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Many of our students continue their education in graduate programs at other universities, including Law schools. Our students become informed citizens, capable of thinking logically and intelligently about the past and its relevance to the present.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees

Successful undergraduate students receive a  Bachelor of Arts in History with one of the following options:

Learn more about our undergraduate programstudying history, or view undergraduate courses

Graduate Degrees

We offer a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in WIU's  School of Graduate Studies. 




  • Dr. Jennifer McNabb of the WIU History Department has been invited by the College of Arts & Sciences Student Council to present this year's "Last Lecture" next Tuesday (April 22) at 7 p.m. in Morgan 109. Prof. McNabb's presentation is entitled "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in College." The CAS "Last Lecture" series gives student-nominated faculty members the opportunity to speak as if this were their last lecture ever
  • The History Department is proud to announce that the winner of the 2013-2014 Judy Ellen Thompson Prize for best undergraduate paper in a History course is Kirsten Bellisle for "Historiography's Hold on the Fourth Crusade," prepared for Prof. McNabb's HIST 324 class, The Middle Ages.  The prize was established by Professor Bill Thompson of the WIU Libraries and is named in honor of his mother.  In awarding prize the history department's scholarship committee considers papers nominated by History faculty for the quality of research, excellence in writing, and shrewdness of argument.  The prize carries a  $150   award.  Congratulations Kirsten!
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  Friday, May 2 
    3:30 pm   Lee Brice  (History, Western Illinois)
    will present his research at the Workshop in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

  • The History Department announces the following scholarships for the Spring 2014 semester:

    The Victor and Mary Hicken History Department Scholarship is a $500 award for a junior or senior History major with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The application form can be downloaded from the Department webpage (follow the Scholarships and Honors link on the left-hand side of this page).

    Susan and Cliff Haka History Opportunity Award is a $500 scholarship for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need. The application form can be downloaded from the Department webpage (follow the Scholarships and Honors link on the left-hand side of this page).

    For students enrolled in the History Department MA program who are currently working full-time as teachers, the David P. Pasquini Award is worth $750 for the Spring 2014 semester. Please address letters of application to the Department chair.