The History major at Illinois State University encourages students to develop both global and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of history and to apply these methods to their studies in other disciplines. Students enrolled in History take the introductory United States History sequence, the introductory European History sequence, 18 hours of electives, and complete a senior seminar.
The ISU History - Social Sciences Education Program has three tenure-track professors from the history department, three non-tenure track History - Social Sciences Education advisors, and instructional assistant professors. The history faculty and staff members work closely with the College of Education while maintaining a direction that effectively prepares history teachers. The Partnership and Mentoring Schools associated with the History Education Program reinforce this direction.
A Minor is recommended for students in the History non-teaching sequence seeking the B.A. Those choosing not to pursue a minor must complete a 9 hour concentration in an area other than History and Foreign Language, with at least three hours at the upper-division level.
The European Studies minor helps prepare students for careers in multiple fields by providing a cohesive program of study in the arts, history, languages, and society of one or more European nations, or by providing a foundation for advanced study in one of several disciplines such as European Union Studies, Fine Arts, European Languages and Literatures, European History, International Business, International Law, International Relations, or Journalism.
Over the past several years the Department of History at Illinois State University has developed a challenging and unusually flexible masters-level graduate program. We encourage our students to explore not only American, European, ancient history, and the histories of South America to the Far and Near East, but also to take courses outside of history in other disciplines as they decide what careers they might pursue or as they develop their credentials in existing careers. The forty to fifty full and part-time students in our program graduate very well positioned to make use of their degrees in a variety of different ways.