Department of History.

WIU History - The Past, The Present, and Your Future

Welcome to our Department and to our webpage! In the WIU History program you will find dedicated faculty and staff ready to assist you in developing the analytical, research, and communications abilities you need to excel in your chosen vocation. Our graduates work in business, teaching, the law, government, public history, management, and the voluntary sector. The skills and knowledge you learn in History translate into fulfilling, well-paid careers because we offer training for a lifetime of success. We foster an appreciation for History, encouraging you to read deeply and to understand how past and present combine in your future.

At Western, we will help you become informed citizens who think logically, intelligently, and critically.  A historical perspective encourages you to understand the place of contingency and the importance of context in the world around us. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions by telephone (309-298-1053) or by email (s-cordery@wiu.edu). The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Degrees

Successful undergraduate students who earn a  Bachelor of Arts in History can choose 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. 




  • Omicron Omicron Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honor society, will hold an initiation ceremony for new members on Sunday, 26 April, at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Bailey House, 100 S. Campbell Street in Macomb. Congratulations to Kirsten Belisle, Gabby Filipink, Ben Houston, and Frank Shaw, our four initiates.  Everyone is welcome to attend and share in this wonderful occasion.

  • Congratulations to the five History majors who participated in the WIU Centennial Honors College Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, 15 April. Two students (Kirsten Belisle and Madeline Olejnik) gave podium presentations and three (Nick Ebelhack, Gabby Filipink, and Grace Griffin) presented posters.  Extra congratulations to Kirsten, whose paper earned third place on the day! Well done all of you and your advisors (Profs. Jelatis, McNabb, and Pamonag).

  • Unforeseen circumstances have forced us to cancel the 2015 WIU History Conference. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our alumni and friends. For further information please call 309-298-1053 or email s-cordery@wiu.edu. Refunds for those already registered will be mailed later this month.