History Department

The history department at Wheaton College offers a major or minor in history, and also a history/social science major with a teacher education concentration. You’ll graduate with a foundational understanding of past contexts, and the ability to interpret and impact God’s world today, and tomorrow.


Why Study History at Wheaton?

Outstanding Faculty

The six full-time and two part-time faculty members include both veteran teachers and early-career faculty. All are engaged in research related to their areas of specialty, and they bring the fruit of that research to the classroom experience.  If you need to meet with one of them we have their office hours for the fall 2016 semester.

Integration of Faith

Our department studies history with key theological assumptions undergirding everything happening in the classroom including assumptions about the nature of human beings, the realities of sin and grace, and the importance of ethical and moral questions. Read more > 

Small Class Size

Classes range from about 8-15 students in seminars to about 25 in general survey courses. A few of our most popular classes occasionally reach a peak of 30 students. The introductory general education course, HIST 101, has a maximum class size of 35. History majors have many opportunities for personal contact with department faculty, both in and out of the classroom.

Varied Course Offerings

The department is particularly strong in the areas of modern and early modern Europe and East Asia and offers a rotating selection of elective offerings in U.S. history. Learn more about courses >

Located Near Chicago

Located just twenty-five miles west of Chicago with easy access via commuter train, history students at Wheaton have unique access to the world-class museums, libraries and historic sites of the Chicago metropolitan area.

What Can I Do with a History Degree?

A history degree is expansive in its focus, and specific in its application. In today’s fragmented, fast-paced society, a true and rich understanding of political, cultural, and religious environments will prove an asset as you pursue professional goals. History students at Wheaton pursue a variety of careers, ranging from business, politics, and law, to journalism, teaching, ministry, and further graduate studies in history. Learn more about our alumni >


As a student in our department, you may choose to major or minor in history; focus on a specific era, or take a broader look at the events of the past; study abroad or discover layers of historical significance close at hand.

You'll have the option to participate in independent study, internships, honors society, fascinating lectures and explore history in the Chicago area. Your time in the history department will afford you a deeper, richer perspective on the events and ideas that have shaped our contemporary reality, and may shape our shared future. And as our alumni can testify, you'll be prepared well for the rich life God has prepared for you after graduation.

Learn More and Apply

Have questions or want more information? Contact the history department. Or if you're ready, apply today!

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