As the collective memory of society, history informs us of the intense human struggles that shaped our past and thereby enriches our understanding of the present. History also reveals a diversity of human experience that is worth pondering for its own sake.
Students in history build a strong foundation in global history and also study in depth particular historical periods from ancient to modern times. In many classes students draw upon historical resources available in Chicago, including the Field Museum and the Chicago History Museum, among others.
History majors have gone on to complete graduate programs at several institutions, including Yale University, New York University, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Virginia.
Our alumni have pursued careers in teaching, government, business and much more.
Gayle, an associate professor of history, is a specialist in cast-iron architecture whose expertise concerning the dismantling of the Bogardus Building in 1971 is recalled in this article about the to-be-demolished American Folk Art Museum building.
The history department instituted a new numbering system of their courses, effective with registration of courses for next year. The new course numbers are now listed on the history course requirements and description web pages, and in the 2014-15 schedule of classes. Anna Jones, Chair of History, said the department’s course numbers had evolved to the point where they no longer made sense geographically, chronologically, or thematically. The course re-numbering restores logic to the system.