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

History. What good is it? Entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler assert in Bold: How To Go Big, Achieve Success, and Impact the World (2015) that success derives from mastering the four fundamental skills of “looking, reading, writing, and integrating knowledge” (p.54). There is no better way to learn these crucial ways of communicating and sharing information than by studying History. History: good for your future.

To learn more, follow the links on the left side of this page for information about our History degrees and courses, our faculty, and the study of this fascinating subject. Feel free to contact us by telephone at 1-309-298-1053, or by email at TM-Roberts@wiu.edu . The Department of History is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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The History Department is delighted to report that its internship partner, Macomb's Western Illinois Museum, and its director Sue Scott have received a 2022 Illinois Humanities Public Humanities Award, one of only three such awards state-wide. As the IH press release reads, "Sue Scott is director of the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb where she builds community through a combination of tried-and-true programs and bold, creative approaches to addressing current issues, local history, and personal and collective storytelling. The Western Illinois Museum is at the heart of the community and her leadership, devotion to collaboration, and innovative approach is a portrait of the humanities making an impact." Through the department's internship program with the Museum, Western history majors gain invaluable experience in public history. Anyone interested in an internship should contact Tim Roberts!

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