Department of History.

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

On Saturday, 2 April 2016, the WIU History Department will host the regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference (#patcon2016).  All History students from any college or university in the region are eligible to present their research!

Click  here  for the patcon2016 registration form.

Entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler write in Bold: How To Go Big, Achieve Success, and Impact the World (2015) that we need to master four fundamental skills to be successful.  These are “looking, reading, writing, and integrating knowledge” (p.54). There is no better place to learn these crucial ways of communicating and sharing information than through the study of History. Join us!

The study of the past is a conversation among historians. Our understanding of History is dynamic and our interpretations are constantly being challenged and changed. The past is very much alive, which is why we continue to enjoy reading, researching, discussing, and writing about it. Join the conversation today.

Follow the links on the left-hand side of this page for more information about the History program, our faculty, and the study of this fascinating subject. Feel free to contact us 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.  

What We Offer


Undergraduate Advisor: Mr. Ralph Heissinger; email RW-Heissinger@wiu.edu or call 309-298-1129

Bachelor of Arts in History with one of the following options:

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


Director of History Graduate Studies: Dr. Edward Woell; email EJ-Woell@wiu.edu or call 309-298-2977

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


News For You

  • On Tuesday, 9 February, Phi Alpha Theta (the History Honor Society) will host a panel of historians who will discuss U.S. policy towards humanitarian crises - and the resultant refugees - throughout history. The discussion will take place in the Malpass Library Garden Lounge, beginning with a reception at 4:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 5:00 p.m. The panelists and their topics are Dr. Timothy Roberts on "An Early Case for U.S. Humanitarian Intervention: Hungary, 1852,” Dr Ute Chamberlin on "Refugees, DPs (Displaced Persons), and Expellees at the end of World War II," and Dr. Richard Filipink on "Rhetoric and Refugees in the Eisenhower Administration."

  • ASH:  The  Associated Students of History meets every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in Morgan 302. Enjoy pizza, games, and socializing while planning and learning about upcoming "Your History" sessions, documentary films, career planning, History courses, and field trips. Anyone interested in History is welcome; greet old friends and make new ones!
  • PAT:  Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors society, will be hosting the 2016 Regional Conference.  Join us, on Saturday, 2 April, for this exciting and important day of history. For more information, contact Prof. Tim Roberts (tm-roberts@wiu.edu) or Prof. Simon Cordery (s-cordery@wiu.edu).
  • Department Chair: Dr. Simon Cordery; S-Cordery@wiu.edu or 309-298-1053.