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

The mission of the history department is to prepare students to become informed citizens, capable of thinking intelligently about the past and its relevance to the present. The department will help students develop the analytical, research, and communication skills that will enable them to excel in their careers. Particularly, the department will prepare graduates for success in teaching, law, business, public history, and public service, as well as in graduate school. 

To learn more, follow the links on the left side of this page for information about our History degrees and courses, our faculty, and the study of this fascinating subject. Feel free to contact us by telephone at 1-309-298-1053, or by email at TM-Roberts@wiu.edu . The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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The History Department is delighted to report that its internship partner, Macomb's Western Illinois Museum, and its director Sue Scott have received a 2022 Illinois Humanities Public Humanities Award, one of only three such awards state-wide. As the IH press release reads, "Sue Scott is director of the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb where she builds community through a combination of tried-and-true programs and bold, creative approaches to addressing current issues, local history, and personal and collective storytelling. The Western Illinois Museum is at the heart of the community and her leadership, devotion to collaboration, and innovative approach is a portrait of the humanities making an impact." Through the department's internship program with the Museum, Western history majors gain invaluable experience in public history. Anyone interested in an internship should contact Tim Roberts!

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