Why study history at Northwestern?
Because history widens intellectual horizons by taking us outside our own time and place, helping us to appreciate and learn from other people’s experiences.
Because there is no better laboratory for the study of the capacities and interactions of human beings, both as individuals and groups, than history.
Because history courses develop your abilities to read insightfully, think critically, and write precisely.
Because historical study at the college level is about exploring questions, not memorization!
And, because the History Department offers some of the best teaching you’ll find at Northwestern. No other department in Weinberg has won as many College and University teaching prizes as ours.
The Northwestern History Department includes forty full-time faculty members who teach the history of every corner of the world: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Our faculty also teach thematic histories that track changes in gender, science, law, ethnicity, religion, capitalism, the environment, and many other topics.
Above all, history courses teach us to challenge our own assumptions by showing us how much of what we take for granted has been the product of past conflict and compromise. There is no better way to understand our world than to study how we got here.
Recent Faculty Publications
WELCOME, NU CLASS OF 2018!
Check out our First-year Focus page for more information about the History Department Major and Minor!
CHABRAJA Center for Historical Studies
The Center invites faculty members and graduate students who work with historical materials to participate in an ongoing conversation about the core concerns of the historical discipline.
Modern Southeast Asia. Northwestern University seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor of modern Southeast Asian history to begin in September 2015. Candidate should be able to teach Indonesian history. A letter of application, CV, writing sample (no longer than an article or dissertation chapter), and three letters of recommendation (sent separately) must be submitted electronically via this link by October 15, 2014. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.
Early Modern Europe. Northwestern University seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track assistant professor of early modern European history, 1500-1800, not including historians who work exclusively on Britain or France. Candidates interested in transnational history are encouraged to apply. Job to begin in September 2015. A letter of application, CV, writing sample (no longer than an article or dissertation chapter), and three letters of recommendation (sent separately) must be submitted electronically via this link by October 15, 2014. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.
Students should be aware that 2014-15 is Prof. Peter Hayes’s last year of teaching. He will offer History 349: The History of the Holocaust for the final time in the Spring Quarter of 2015.
history writing center
The History Writing Center is a place for students in any history course to discuss their writing at any stage in the process. The Center is staffed by experienced history graduate students who can assist with brainstorming ideas, working through a draft, and reviewing past assignments. Appointments are encouraged, but not required, during drop-in hours. Students can also request appointments outside of these hours. Free to all NU students.
Fall 2014 Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-12pm (Library Plaza Cafe) or by appointment