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 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. 




  • Registration for the 2015 WIU History Conference  is now open!  The Conference will be held on Saturday, May 9th, on our Quad Cities campus in Moline. For further information and a registration form call 309-298-1053 or email s-cordery@wiu.edu.
  • Congratulations to WIU History graduate student Frank Shaw, whose paper "Navigating the Holocaust: Sephardim and Spanish Diplomacy in Vichy" won the best session award at the 2015  Midwest Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference  in Chesterfield, Missouri, on March 13th.  Well done Frank!