Department of History.

WIU History - The Past, The Present, and Your Future

Welcome to the internet presence of the Department of History at Western Illinois University. Our dedicated faculty and staff are ready to assist you in developing the analytical, research, and communications abilities you need to excel in your chosen vocation. The skills and knowledge you learn in History translate into fulfilling, well-paid careers because we offer training for a lifetime of success. Our graduates work in business, teaching, the law, government, public history, management, and the voluntary sector. We also foster an appreciation for History, encouraging you to read deeply and to understand how past and present combine in your future.

Follow the links on the left-hand side of this page for more information about the History program, our faculty, and the study of this fascinating subject. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions by telephone (309-298-1053) or by email (s-cordery@wiu.edu). The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.  

The study of the past is a conversation among historians. Our understanding of History is dynamic and our interpretations are constantly being challenged and changed. The past is very much alive, which is why we continue to enjoy reading, researching, discussing, and writing about it. Join the conversation today! 

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees

Successful undergraduate students who earn a  Bachelor of Arts in History can choose 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. 


 News  Updates

  • A warm Leatherneck Welcome to all of our new History majors! We are glad you are planning to join us, whether to begin or to continue your studies in History. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Our undergraduate advisor is Mr. Ralph Heissinger, who can be reached at RW-Heissinger@wiu.edu or 309-298-1129. Incoming History graduate students should contact Dr. Edward Woell (EJ-Woell@wiu.edu or 309-298-2977).  The Department Chair is Dr. Simon Cordery, whose email address is S-Cordery@wiu.edu and whose phone number is 309-298-1053.