Explore the past and join the conversations about what happened and why we should care. History not only gives us interesting stories to tell, but helps us further understand ourselves and the world.
Majoring in history lets you dive into the topics you are most excited about. Our program offers nearly 100 courses – from the Middle Ages to the American Revolution. You’ll get the opportunity to learn in small classes from a passionate faculty.
History at Illinois State offers an Accelerated Master’s Degree (AMD) sequence. This option gives high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with only one year of additional study. Once enrolled in the major, you can contact your advisor to learn more.
Point of Pride
Quality student research is published in the journal Recounting the Past .
Why study History?
History serves as a stepping stone for any career. At Illinois State, you’ll learn critical thinking, writing, research and analysis. These are skills that can be applied to many fields - from business to journalism to law and government.
In addition to our variety of courses, history offers real-world experiences - such as interning at the David Davis Mansion or McLean County Museum of History. Your work can even get published in our journal, Recounting the Past.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!