History programs

Northwestern history classes attract students from other majors who also want to learn about fascinating events and historical periods like:

  • Medieval Europe
  • The European Enlightenment
  • The Civil War
  • Ancient Greece
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Native American society and culture

There’s really no such thing as history recorded from a neutral point of view, so our professors study and teach history through the lens of the Christian faith while also appreciating and drawing on history written out of other perspectives.

History Major

HIS 150 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
HIS 206 - History of the United States
HIS 207 - Europe and the Modern World
HIS 210 - Introduction to Public History
HIS 435 - Philosophy of History and Historiography
HIS 436 - The Research Seminar
History Electives: 8 credits
Choose one course: 4
HIS 320 - Topics in European/World History
HIS 326 - Modern Europe
HIS 327 - Nazi Germany and the Shoah
HIS 328 - History of Medieval Europe
Choose one sequence:
HIS 265 - Colloquium in American History
HIS 375 - Seminar in European/World History
HIS 275 - Colloquium in European/World History
HIS 365 - Seminar in American History
Total credits required: 34


History majors are required to take at least 12 credits of 300-level (or above) history courses.

For the history teaching major, students must take 16 credits of American history and 16 credits of European/World history. Students majoring in history education must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program (see education department listing for requirements).