Choose your path and fuel your curiosity through the undergraduate and graduate programs
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