Department of History.

History - A Solid Foundation for Career Success

Our dedicated faculty & staff assist students as they develop the analytical, research, and communications skills that will enable them to excel in their chosen careers, such as teaching, law, government, public history, business, management, non-profit organizations, and public service.

The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Many of our students continue their education in graduate programs at other universities, including Law schools. Our students become informed citizens, capable of thinking logically and intelligently about the past and its relevance to the present.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees

Successful undergraduate students receive a  Bachelor of Arts in History with one of the following options:

Learn more about our undergraduate programstudying history, or view undergraduate courses

Graduate Degrees

We offer a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in WIU's  School of Graduate Studies. 





  • Congratulations to Frank Shaw and Kirsten Belisle, two WIU history students who had their papers accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2015 Midwest regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.
  • Congratulations to Samantha Heinrich and Ann Rosentreter, two WIU graduate students whose public history projects were voted the best by their classmates in Professor Roberts' Graduate History Seminar on the Public History of Slavery and Abolition, which was offered in the fall 2014 semester. Both Samantha's and Ann's projects were designed to promote public dialogue about the fragility of freedom on the Illinois frontier, and its legacies.
  • The WIU History Conference will be held at our Quad Cities campus in Moline on Saturday, 9 May 2015. Details will be available soon; if you would like to receive information electronically please send an email to s-cordery@wiu.edu.
  • Nick Pano, retired History Professor and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University, was awarded the prestigious "Nderi i Kombi" Medal by the President of Albania, Bujar Nishani. Pano was among four individuals and one organization to receive the award, which was given on this occasion to Albanian-Americans who distinguished themselves in the wake of the Albanian diaspora. President Nishani expressed his nation's gratitude to the award winners for their contribution to the creation and defense of the Albanian state, the independence of Albania and Kosovo, the promotion of freedom and democracy in his nation, the protection of Albanian rights, and the forging of closer ties between Albanians and the American people.