Department Chairperson: Dr. William C. Barnett
The History Department is dedicated to informing students of knowledge of the past that provides context and prepares them to be lifelong learners. Students are exposed to major historical perspectives and are prepared to locate and analyze written, visual and material evidence, understanding and appreciating continuities, change and even contradictions in historical evidence and our understanding of the past.
History is one of the integrating disciplines of the liberal arts. It bridges the humanities and the social sciences. It relates political, economic, intellectual, cultural and social forces as they shape civilizations from age to age. Its study develops an appreciation for the traditions of a civilization and a perspective on current events. It provides a strong background for graduate training and the professions, especially law and teaching, or for such vocations as museum work and research. It also provides support of the study of literature, philosophy and the arts.
History requires a broad liberal arts knowledge, and students are encouraged to use their general education requirements to provide a firm base for their historical studies. In addition, North Central College offers special opportunities which can enhance a liberal arts education including: the public history program and internships, foreign language study, study abroad opportunities, Model U.N. and interdisciplinary courses.
Degree offered: B.A.
Public History Program:
Through course offerings and internship possibilities, the History Department offers a public history program. This program is designed to provide opportunities to students exploring careers in public history. Public historians preserve and interpret history for the general public, and they work for museums, archives, local historical societies, and government agencies. Students in this program take relevant courses in History, Art History, and related interdisciplinary programs. They also do internships with community partners such as Naper Settlement to develop specialized skills and gain practical experience.