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History of Ideas

Why choose history of ideas at North Central College?

This is the perfect minor for you if you like to discuss great ideas and classic texts from cultures and traditions all over the world and want to get a good grasp of “the big picture”—the ideas and trends that mark major world religions, art, philosophy, literature and the social sciences. You will discuss great ideas in small, seminar-style classes that focus on discussion of some of the greatest texts from a wide variety of diverse cultures. This is an excellent minor if you expect to attend graduate school.

You can also:

  • Attend campus lectures that complement your studies.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad and international internship programs.
  • Participate in the College Scholars Honors Program.

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History of Ideas Minor

The History of Ideas program provides an opportunity to explore some of the most influential works in world history. Students will engage in the "close reading" of primary source texts from antiquity to the present with a focus on ideas central to religion, philosophy, art, literature and the social sciences. Small class sizes and a student-centered pedagogy encourage lively discussion and the development  of critical thinking and writing skills.

For additional information on this program, see History of Ideas.

A minimum 20 credit hours, including:

History of Ideas 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.

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in history of ideas have been accepted at:

  • University of Chicago
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Southern Illinois University


Recent history of ideas minors include:

  • Application analyst, Navistar, Warrenville, IL
  • Staff accountant, Borhart Spellmeyer & Company, Elgin, IL

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