The mission of the Department of History is
- To provide history and history secondary education majors with a comprehensive understanding of the disciplines of history with special emphasis on United States and World History.
- To prepare history majors for the career of their choice as well as for graduate and professional school.
- To prepare history secondary education majors for teaching careers.
- To provide history majors a structured yet flexible program that allows them to meet their occupational and educational goals.
- To provide all students who take history courses with a firm understanding of how history affects their lives.
History Program Overview
The history and history secondary education majors are located in the History and Political Science program. The program strengths are U.S. and World history and preparing students for careers in secondary education. The history secondary education program is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Program of Study
The history major requires the completion of 33 credit hours in history that includes 12 hours of required courses. The history minor requires the completion of 21 credit hours in history that also includes 12 hours of required courses.
The history secondary education major requires the completion of 36 credit hours in history that includes 15 hours of required courses. It also requires the completion of at least 32 credit hours of education and education related courses. Please visit the page on the secondary education major for more information.
The faculty encourage students to take advantage of internship opportunities. Our students have done internships in a number of different settings including:
- Woodlawn Farmhouse of Jacksonville
- The Washington Center (D.C.)
- The Chicago Historical Society
- The Cultural Heritage Society of Jacksonville
- The Illinois Historic Library
- The Illinois Historical Preservation Agency
- The Illinois State Museum
Click here for samples of projects completed by students in History 477: Research Methods, The History of MacMurray College.
The History Program faculty believe in the benefits of archival and local research, and courses are often designed around such projects. Also, a Special Topics course is a featured part of the program, allowing the faculty to offer courses of special interest to upper-class majors. This is a real benefit of attending a small college; upper-level course offerings are adaptable to student input.
Christopher Strangeman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
B.S., MacMurray College
M.A., Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale