Our world-class faculty and students engage in the study of the historical development of a broad spectrum of human societies. We analyze historical change rather than memorize facts. Members of the department produce award-winning research and have been selected by the University for their teaching excellence.

The Department of History offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. History is a flexible major that allows students to choose among a variety of electives based on their interests. Students can also choose history as a minor, which combines well with many majors.

Career Opportunities for the History Major or Minor

As a history student you will develop skills of critical thinking and writing that you will find indispensable as you pursue a variety of careers, including education, research, law, business, public affairs and the service professions. For more information, read "What Can I Do With a Degree in History?"

How to Become a History Major or Minor

To become a history major or minor visit the Department of History in LWH 4065 and fill out a declaration form.

If you are also going into secondary education you need to declare both secondary education and history as majors. To find out more about the secondary education program, please contact Vanessa King, program advisor in the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at v-king@neiu.edu, or you may contact the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies office at (773) 442-5387.

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and returning veterans to transition to our campus.


When you declare history as your major/ minor you will be assigned to an advisor. During the fall and spring semesters you should contact your assigned advisor for guidance about degree requirements, transfer credits, and which classes to take. Your advisor’s name is listed under your Academic Profile on NEIUport. If you wish to see someone else, please contact the History Department office at (773) 442-4514. During the summer semester, please see Prof. Steinwedel.

undergraduate major advisors

undergraduate minor advisor, summer advising

Charles Steinwedel, chair of the Department of History, advises majors in the summer. Professor Steinwedel also does advising all year for minors, students in the Teacher Licensure Program, and Second Bachelor’s students. Please contact him at

graduate advising

If you are a Master of Arts student or interested in the program, please contact Professor Christina Bueno at c-bueno@neiu.edu.


The Department of History has four awards available for students. The first, the Brommel-Lindberg Scholarship in History, provides one undergraduate history major at the junior level or above $1,200 for tuition and fees at Northeastern for the following academic year.

The second, the J. Frederick MacDonald Scholarship, provides one undergraduate history major at the junior level or above $800 for tuition and fees the following academic year.

The third, the Dr. Joseph C. Morton Scholarship in History, provides $1,000 for one student toward undergraduate or graduate studies in History.

The fourth, the Susan E. Rosa Memorial Award for Graduate Studies, provides $1,000 for a junior or senior history major or minor who is promising in the field and intends to pursue graduate study in the humanities or social sciences.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 awards is April 9, 2019. Questions may be addressed to Professor Patrick Miller, chair of the History Department Scholarships Committee, at p-miller1@neiu.edu.

Clubs and Organizations

Students can join Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Phi Alpha Theta hosts several events each year. Students are also encouraged to attend seminars at the Newberry Library. The Department of History co-sponsors two seminars at the Newberry. More information for the seminars can be found at the Newberry's Center for American History and Culture.

Program Contact Information

If you are interested in pursuing a History major or minor at Northeastern, please contact the department chair, Charles Steinwedel, at c-steinwedel@neiu.edu.

For information about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Christina Bueno at c-bueno@neiu.edu.

Current History Courses



Spring 2019 History Class Schedule