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Read article: How the federal government used bribery to end relationships with Native American tribes: Interview with professor David Beck
How the federal government used bribery to end relationships with Native American tribes: Interview with professor David Beck
Federal policy toward Native American tribal nations in the first half of the 20th century sought to end the government’s legal and political relationship with tribes. A new book by University of Illinois history professor ...
Read article: Is it 1968 all over again? Professor Marsha Barrett interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered
Is it 1968 all over again? Professor Marsha Barrett interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered
Professor Marsha Barrett, an expert on the political and social history of the US during the 20th century, was recently interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered. The NPR piece asked if our current political and social climate is a mirror of 1968. Barrett told NPR "it makes sense that people are...
Read article: Ernest Crim III (BA, ’09, history) awarded 2024 LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Ernest Crim III (BA, ’09, history) awarded 2024 LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award
How Black history changed Ernest Crim III's life When Ernest Crim III (BA, ’09, history) first started at the University of Illinois, he thought he wanted to be a psychology major. He was the friend that everyone confided in, so he thought “hey, maybe I want to be a psychologist, right?” Then, in...
Read article: How are states altering higher education by redefining academic freedom? Interview with Professor Carol Symes
How are states altering higher education by redefining academic freedom? Interview with Professor Carol Symes
Carol Symes, a professor of history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is vice president of the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors....
Read article: Professor Rosalyn LaPier interviewed on WILL The 21st about returning land to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Professor Rosalyn LaPier interviewed on WILL The 21st about returning land to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Professor Rosalyn LaPier was interviewed on April 25, 2024 on WILL's The 21st about the return of land to Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. On April 19, the U.S. Department of the Interior placed portions of the Shab-eh-nay Reservation land into trust for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, making...
Read article: Three new faculty members will join the Department of History this fall
Three new faculty members will join the Department of History this fall
The Department of History is pleased to announce that three new faculty members (subject to board approval) will join our ranks this fall. Our new colleagues will add to our strengths in South and East Asian history, and nineteenth century United States history. Deepasri Baul  Deepasri Baul...

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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.