About the Department


UIS History Harvest 2016 team photo
UIS History students conducted their inaugural History Harvest in October 2016

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.

The UIS History department offers both on-campus and online opportunities to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree or minor in History. Graduate students may pursue the Master of Arts degree (on-campus only).

Learning experiences available to history majors include regular classroom courses, independent study and tutorials, and applied study internships at libraries, archives, historic sites, and other institutions, particularly in state government.

The history curriculum includes period courses covering America from the colonial era to the present; thematic courses in such areas as imperialism, women’s history, and religious history; courses in European, Middle Eastern, Asian, Greek and Roman history; courses analyzing historic forces shaping the contemporary world; public history courses, and courses in local and regional history.