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The Department of History provides students with the skills to analyze and develop perspectives on the past, its cultures, ideas, and value systems. Possession of these skills allows students to better understand and appreciate the present state of affairs and future possibilities.

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Admission to the Program 

Freshmen: 19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer: Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

A total of 36 hours is needed to fulfill the requirements for a liberal arts degree in history.  At least 15 hours (5 courses) for the major must be taken at Northeastern.


A. Six hours in European History:

    HIST 111A: World History: West to 1500 A.D.

    HIST 111B: World History: West, 1500 A.D. - Present

B. Six hours in United States History.

    HIST 214: United States History, 1607 - 1877

    HIST 215: United States History, 1877 - Present

C. Writing Intensive Course in History.  This course must be taken at NEIU.

     HIST 275: Writing and Methods for History Majors

D. Six hours in Non-European and Non-United States History. One course must be at the 300-level.

    These electives may be chosen from such areas as Latin America, Asia, Africa, themes related to western expansion, or interaction with other cultures.

E. 15 hours of 300-level electives in history.

     In addition to the liberal arts history major, students may consult the Department of Secondary Education for information about the secondary education teach­ing major in history.  For history/ secondary education students: at least one of the 300-level courses must be in American History.

E.  Assessment Portfolio:

     All history majors are required to establish an Assessment Portfolio with the department before graduation.  The sole purpose of this portfolio is to assess the effectiveness of the history curriculum in meeting the goals of the major.  The portfolio will consist of either one research paper of at least 10 pages in length, or three theme papers of 3 to 5 pages in length (book reviews are not acceptable).  The paper(s) must have been written for course work in history at Northeastern.  Although this portfolio will be assessed only for statistical purposes, students are nonetheless encouraged to submit their best work for evaluation.  Students are therefore advised to keep copies of all appropriate history papers (or they may deposit copies of the papers with the department at the time such papers are handed back by their instrucors).

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

  1. General Education Program: All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:

    • Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
    • Natural Sciences (9 hours)
    • Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
    • Humanities (9 hours)
    • Fine Arts (6 hours)
  2. University Requirements: English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
  3. Residency: The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.
  4. Upper Division:
    • Students admitted prior to the Fall 2015 semester must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
    • Students admitted beginning with the Fall 2015 semester must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours at the 300 level.
  5. Academic Major and Minor: Undergraduate students must complete a major. Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and professional sequences. No "P" grades will count toward a major, minor or approved area of study. All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completion of a program of study.
  6. Grade Point Average: To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average). Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements. Check with your academic advisor.


Student Organizations

The Department of History sponsors the Pi Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. It is also an institutional member of the American Historical Association.

Careers & Employment 

The skills and training of a historian do not become obsolete. They provide a lifelong reservoir of information that can be applied to many professions. A major in history is an intelligent choice for students who plan to continue their studies in law, journalism, business management, and government. The study of history is also recognized as a valuable asset in jobs that require imagination, resourcefulness, and the intelligent processing of information.  For more information about career possibilities for the history major click here.

The department offers undergraduate internship opportunities for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who thus gain practical career oriented experiences. A regular career workshop is also offered to assist majors in career selection.

Program Contact Information 

Department of History

Our office is located on the fourth floor of Lech Walesa Hall, room 4086.  Please stop by during office hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm, or give us a call at (773) 442-5630.

Email Office Manager Cristina Joe at or Department Chair Michael Tuck at

Financial Aid

For NEIU Financial Aid Information call (773) 442-5160.

Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.

For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at

University Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admissions Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office. Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis. Admissions Counselors are available: Monday thru Thursday 9:00am to 6:30pm Fridays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Admissions office: (773) 442-4050 Email: For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.

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