Everything and Everyone has a History

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Read article: Russell Wigginton (PhD, '01, History) featured in Illinois Alumni Magazine
Russell Wigginton (PhD, '01, History) featured in Illinois Alumni Magazine
Russell Wigginton (PhD, '01, History) is the president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. A profile about his career was the cover story of the Summer 2024 issue of Illinois Alumni magazine....
Read article: Watch a video celebrating our convocation ceremony
Watch a video celebrating our convocation ceremony
This year Ernest Crim III (BA, '09, history) was our convocation speaker. Crim is the founder of Crim’s Cultural Consulting. Through his work, he speaks to companies, middle and high schools, educators, colleges, and community groups and uses Black historical narratives to empower and educate...
Read article: Professor Teri Chettiar selected as Conrad Humanities Scholar
Professor Teri Chettiar selected as Conrad Humanities Scholar
The Department of History is proud to announce professor Teri Chettiar has been selected as a Conrad Humanities Scholar. The Conrad Humanities Scholars Award...
Read article: Professor Jerry Dávila selected for Presidential Fellows Program
Professor Jerry Dávila selected for Presidential Fellows Program
The Department of History is pleased to announce that professor Jerry Dávila has been selected for the Presidential Fellows Program. Dávila holds the Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History and...
Read article: Charles J. Shields (BA, English, '75; MA, History, '79) reflects on his 25 year career as a writer
Charles J. Shields (BA, English, '75; MA, History, '79) reflects on his 25 year career as a writer
Charles J. Shields (BA, English, '75; MA, History, '79) is the author of 20 nonfiction books for young readers, and biographies of Harper Lee, John Williams, Kurt Vonnegut, and Lorraine Hansberry. He recently retired after a successful 25 year career as a writer where he combined his interest in...
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 ...

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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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Megan MacDonald

Alumni Spotlight: Megan MacDonald (2008)

Megan MacDonald is the Head of Philanthropic Partnerships at Equitech Futures.