Shape your future in history by studying with some of the most respected experts in the field. Shape your future in history by studying with some of the most respected experts in the field. Shape your future in history by studying with some of the most respected experts in the field. Shape your future in history by studying with some of the most respected experts in the field. Shape your future in history by studying with some of the most respected experts in the field.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of History

History

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Why pursue a history degree at North Central College?

You’ll work closely with some of the most well-respected faculty and authorities in the field as you conduct primary research at local and Chicago-area historical centers. Our history major is immensely flexible—it enables you to shape your entire college experience around your interests. You can major and minor in additional areas, such as business, political science or media studies. You can study abroad. Learn new languages. Add Chicago Term and urban/suburban studies to your program. A history major can put you on a path to a career in higher education, museums and archives, law, government, or business. But no matter how you define “history major,” you’ll graduate with the solid writing and analytical skills that every successful career requires.

You may also:

  • Prepare for careers in public history and museums by working with the College's own full-time archivist and with exhibit curators and history professionals at museums like Naper Settlement.
  • Secure internships and future jobs with local historical centers, including the Chicago History Museum, Naper Settlement, Cantigny's First Division Museum, the Newberry Library and the Field Museum.
  • Collaborate with noted faculty such as Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History Ann Durkin Keating, a renowned expert on Chicago-area history and the editor of several authoritative historical references.

More Department information

History, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see History.

Major Requirements

At least 33 credit hours in history, including HST 200 and six credit hours in each of the following areas: United States, Europe and non-western. At least one of the two courses in each area must be at the 200-level or higher. Majors need to take at least two courses (three credit hours each) at the 300-level and the history capstone, HST 470. The capstone seminar requires primary-source research on a topic usually developed in one of the student's 200 or 300-level courses. Majors must complete a satisfactory portfolio in history that includes sample course work and a self-evaluation (see department handout). Students may offer a maximum of two courses from other disciplines as part of their history major, provided that such courses contribute directly to the overall coherence of their major program. The chairperson of the department must approve such courses for the major.

History majors interested in graduate school should gain at least a reading proficiency in a foreign language.

History Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see History.

Requirements:

At least 18 credit hours in history, including at least one three credit hour course at the 200-level or higher in each area: United States, European and non-western.  At least three credit hours must be taken at the 300-level or above.

History Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Accession intern, The Field Museum, Chicago
  • Curatorial intern, Chicago History Museum
  • Curatorial intern, Naper Settlement, Naperville
  • Education intern, Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL

Graduate Schools

  • American University, Washington, DC
  • Arizona State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Loyola University
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University, Ohio
  • Trinity College, Ireland
  • University of Leicester, England
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Careers

  • Museum curators and educators
  • History teachers and professors
  • Lawyers
  • Writers, journalists, and bloggers
  • Archivists and librarians
  • Government and nonprofit
  • Business and private sector
     

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