Department of History.

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

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

At Western, we will help you become informed citizens who think logically, intelligently, and critically.  A historical perspective encourages you to understand the place of contingency and the importance of context in the world around us. 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.

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. 




  • Congratulations to our undergraduate award winners. Our nominee for the Lincoln Laureate was Melanie Heuttman; for Department Scholar Gabrielle Filipink; and for College Scholar Gabrielle Filipink and Benjamin Arnold. Kirsten Belisle won a Norman and Carmelita Teeter Undergraduate Research Scholarship and also earned an award for her podium presentation at Undergraduate Research Day. The Judy Ellen Thompson prize for the best paper in History was shared by two outstanding essay writers, Madeline Olejnik for "Representations of Women in Mao-Era China" and Melissa Reid for "The Idle Hands of Kristallnacht." Well done, all of you!