BA in History

The History Department offers programs of study in American, European, and non-Western history with an emphasis on chronology, culture, context, and sequence.

Our approach to the Major

After developing broad historical knowledge in an introductory core sequence, students choose an area of concentration which they explore from a national or global perspective through courses in history as well as other disciplines, such as literature, economics, political science, and religion. This multidisciplinary approach provides a nuanced understanding of the past.

Students also explore the methods and ethics of conducting and presenting research, and they may choose to participate in the department's oral history project.

What our majors do during college
  • Study abroad in Europe, Russia, or Asia
  • Learn from world leaders and scholars who visit campus to give talks and teach classes—people like author David McCullough, former Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox
  • Complete an in-depth capstone research project
  • Prepare for top graduate programs and law schools by developing strong research, writing, interviewing, and speaking skills
  • Help organize the annual, student-run Public Affairs and International Perspectives Conferences
  • Write for The Pilot, the student-run magazine
What our Majors do after College
  • Win elected office
  • Attend graduate programs or law school
  • Teach at public and private schools
  • Work in diplomatic relations, international business, or journalism

See the College Catalog for more detailed information about our program and departmental learning outcomes.


You Can Do More Here

History major Chelsea Kendrick (C’10):

  • Minored in religion, political science, and Asian studies
  • Traveled to Puerto Rico to present a paper at the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies, earning a second place prize for best undergraduate paper
  • Interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston
  • Served as executive director of the College’s Public Affairs Conference, vice-chair of the Christian Science Organization, and student body vice president
  • Received the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate award
  • Explored Vietnam on a study abroad program
  • Captained the lacrosse team

Imagine what you could do!