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, Loyola University Chicago, Case Western Reserve University, Harvard University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Virginia.

Our alumni have pursued careers in teaching, government, business and much more.

Department News

  • Treston Chandler ’16 is gaining experience of a lifetime in his summer internship in Washington, DC.
  • History students interested in museum work have two new internship opportunities at the Great Lakes Naval Museum this summer.  Ideal candidates should have a background in American History, but prior knowledge of Naval History is not required.
  • George Koppelman, a rare-book dealer who believes he purchased William Shakespeare’s personal dictionary on eBay, met with students during a campus visit.
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