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?

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. Wheaton’s faith-based, liberal arts education will provide you with the tools you need to excel in many fields:

  • information to promote appreciation, understand, and appropriate ethical evaluation of global contexts.
  • integration of Christian thought and history.
  • skills and methods to investigate, analyze, and interpret historical documents, along with the approaches of diverse historians, and communicate findings.
  • preparation in pre-professional and professional education, focusing on diverse careers and academic pursuits.
  • participation to encourage a habit of life-long learning, and future service to the church and society.

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.

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?

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

Ready to learn more? Contact the department to speak with someone who can answer your questions. Or if you're ready, learn how to apply to Wheaton today.

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