Department of History & Related Fields
From Ancient Eqyptian excavation to American Political and Military history, there is no dry or dull moment in the History Department!
As a student of history, you'll cover the whole span of history—from the ancient world to current events.
Beyond the facts, you'll learn to see history in 3-D by studying the political, social, cultural, intellectual and relgious histories of civilizations and time periods.
Why Study History at University of Northwestern?
Study under full-time history professors, not graduate assistants.
Reflect on Christianity throughout history.
Gain a lifetime of both practical and scholarly knowledge for your career.
Enjoy special classes...like hieroglyphics!
History Students discuss a Christ-centered worldview and engaging in the world.
Intern at the Minnesota State Capitol
In the past year, Northwestern has placed seven interns at the Minnesota Statehouse, where they joined several UNW alumni who are working there full-time.
History in the News
In early October, Scott Anderson ‘12, Rosie Muska ‘13, Adam Saxton ’13, Ricky Seaman ’12 and alum Justin Myhra ’12 filled a booth at America’s oldest restaurant, Union Oyster House in Boston, sitting across from former president John F. Kennedy’s preferred seat. Over plates of freshly shucked oysters and bowls of clam chowder, they celebrated the end of the Conference on Faith and History , hosted by Gordon College.
At the conference, students got to present papers on their favorite topics, with feedback from panel commentators and professors alike. After some hard earned success, they walked most of the Freedom Trail, a path weaving through sites like Paul Revere’s old north church and Bunker Hill.
During the 2012–13 academic year, American History Professor Jonathan Den Hartog, Ph.D., is a Visiting Fellow with the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Dr. Den Hartog was one of only 15 in the country selected for this prestigious fellowship opportunity.
Find out what motivated Dr. Charles Aling to switch his major from pre-med to ancient history in college...and become one of the world's experts in Egyptology and ancient history.
Dr. Aling interviewed about unrest in Egypt
Dr. Aling spoke with Faith Radio’s Neil Stavem about Egypt’s current events and biblical history.
Dr. Aling is known to some on campus as “Indiana Jones.” He served as assistant field director in Egypt on excavation projects in the Valley of the Kings. Among other courses, he teaches “History and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt.”
What interesting classes might I take?
Where our grads are working:
Interested in Law school?
Earning a history major is a great place to start. Many history majors go on to law school.
History allows for the examination of policy and results—important categories for legal argumentation. Plus, you'll develop your critical reading and writing skills—abilities that are crucial for law students.
UNW history alumni have gone to law school at: