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 2013 BA graduate Daniel Lewis on being named assistant men's soccer coach here at Western.  Daniel enjoyed a sterling career as a student-athlete and we wish him, and the team, the very best for the 2014 season.  Go Leathernecks!
  • The History Department is proud to announce that the winner of the 2013-2014 Judy Ellen Thompson Prize for best undergraduate paper in a History course is Kirsten Bellisle for "Historiography's Hold on the Fourth Crusade," prepared for Prof. McNabb's HIST 324 class, The Middle Ages.  The prize was established by Professor Bill Thompson of the WIU Libraries and is named in honor of his mother.  In awarding prize the history department's scholarship committee considers papers nominated by History faculty for the quality of research, excellence in writing, and shrewdness of argument. The prize carries a $150 award. Congratulations Kirsten!