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. 





  • Registration for the 2015 WIU History Conference  is now open!  The Conference will be held on Saturday, May 9th, on our Quad Cities campus in Moline. For information and a registration form call 309-298-1053 or email s-cordery@wiu.edu.
  • Congratulations to Frank Shaw and Kirsten Belisle, two WIU history students who had their papers accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2015 Midwest regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.
  • Congratulations to Samantha Heinrich and Ann Rosentreter, two WIU graduate students whose public history projects were voted the best by their classmates in Professor Roberts' Graduate History Seminar on the Public History of Slavery and Abolition, which was offered in the fall 2014 semester. Both Samantha's and Ann's projects were designed to promote public dialogue about the fragility of freedom on the Illinois frontier, and its legacies.