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 Minor

General history option
(Does not satisfy state teaching endorsement requirements in history and should not be pursued by students in secondary education. Secondary education students should select from the American or world history options.)
History electives 22
HIS 150 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
Total credits required: 24

American history option
(Satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in American history. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)
American history electives 14
HIS 150 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
HIS 201 - History of the United States to 1865
HIS 202 - History of the United States from 1865
Total credits required: 24

World history option
(Satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in world history. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.)
European/world history electives 20
HIS 150 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry
HIS 230 - Issues in Cross-cultural History
Total credits required: 26