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The History Department helps students understand themselves and the world in which they live by exploring the links between the past and the contemporary world.


The Department encourages students to compare elements of their own culture with those of other cultures from other time periods. Students of history gain a sense of what is unique in—as well as generally characteristic of—individuals, groups, and national cultures in the present as well as the past.

History Honors Program

The UIS History Department Honors program is designed to provide an opportunity for the highest-performing students in the major to develop skills above and beyond what is required of the typical History B.A. student. The Honors program focuses on developing skills that will assist high-performing students in applications to graduate and professional schools.

Why Study History at UIS?

Small class sizes that offer individualized instruction and close interaction with students and professors

An online BA program that offers the same quality instruction as on campus, taught by the same professors

Access to significant historical sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, a home built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and other points of interest

A rigorous, wide-ranging curriculum taught by tenured professors who are experts in their fields and award-winning teacher-scholars

Applied study internships at libraries, archives, historic sites, and other institutions, particularly in state government

History awards and scholarships

Study Abroad Opportunities

History Department News

Nov 10, 2021
A group of 15 UIS students recently visited the Ancient Roman Colosseum in Italy as part of a 13-day study abroad trip to Rome and Malta. Students learned…
Mar 21, 2022
Two presentations locally this coming week will explore the conflict in Ukraine. The University of Illinois Springfield will host a webinar panel…
Nov 15, 2021
Six weeks after Lincoln’s death, Frederick Douglass described him as “emphatically the black man’s president, the first chief executive “to show any respect…
Nov 11, 2021
In February, 2016, Amy Hathaway, National Register and Survey Specialist for the  Illinois Historic Preservation Agency visited Dr. Devin Hunter’s Graduate…
Nov 11, 2021
Dr. Devin Hunter’s Material Culture class visited the Illinois Executive Mansion on September 16, 2015. The Graduate students are collaborating with the…