Everything and Everyone has a History

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Read article: Read the Spring 2024 issue of History @ Illinois
Read the Spring 2024 issue of History @ Illinois
The Spring 2024 issue of History @ Illinois is here!  "It’s difficult to believe that another year has flown by. As I enter the final semester of my five-year term as chair, I feel energized about the department, our faculty, and our students. This year we welcomed a new faculty member, a...
Read article: Professor Laura Goffman joins the Department of History
Professor Laura Goffman joins the Department of History
The History Department is delighted to welcome Professor Laura Goffman, our new Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern history. Goffman is an historian of public health, empire, and social change in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. She is currently completing her first book, "Disorder and...
Read article: Stefan Djordjevic Awarded LAS Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
Stefan Djordjevic Awarded LAS Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
The Department of History is proud to announce that Stefan Djordjevic, associate director of undergraduate studies and director of advising, has been awarded the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.  Out of the 14 recipients of the...
Read article: 'Illinois laid the foundation for the rest of my life'
'Illinois laid the foundation for the rest of my life'
Matthew DiCianni (BA, ’07, history and ...
Read article: American historian Kenneth Cuno: Egyptian modernity was not affected by European ideas alone and interacted with world cultures.
American historian Kenneth Cuno: Egyptian modernity was not affected by European ideas alone and interacted with world cultures.
Read article: Exploring the History of Latinos in Baseball
Exploring the History of Latinos in Baseball
Dr. Adrian Burgos, Jr., a professor of history at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studies individuals from Latin America came to, worked in, and were recruited to play baseball in the U.S.  Read more: ...

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Chart Your Own Path

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Our program empowers you to explore your interests and passions within history and gives you the flexibility to pair the major with advanced language study, internships, study abroad experiences, undergraduate research, and community engagement.  

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Black Music

From African spirituals to Beyoncé, you’ll answer “What really is Black music?”

HIST 104

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The President and the People

A chronological survey of the US presidency that examines individual presidents and the times in which they lived.

HIST 293

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A History of Everything: The Big Bang to Big Data

Explore different scales of time and place human history in larger geological, ecological, and cosmic contexts.

HIST 103

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Constructing Race in America

Explores the complex and intricate pursuit of multiracial and multicultural democracy.

HIST 281

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Madness and Modern Society

Learn how the diagnosis and treatment of "madness" in its many forms has been shaped through the interaction of social, political, economic, and cultural factors from roughly 1750 to the 1990s.

HIST 236

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Conduct Your Own Research

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Research is embedded in the history curriculum with an emphasis on transforming students from consumers of history to critical producers of it. All students have access to the resources of the second largest university library in the country. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Matthew DiCianni (2007)

Matthew DiCianni is a labor and employment attorney at the law firm Cozen O’Connor where he has taken on cases of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to small family businesses to U.S citizenship cases.