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.

As a history major or minor, you can take courses in four main areas—HistoryEconomics and Geography and Political Science.

Why Study History at University of Northwestern?

Study under full-time history professors, not graduate assistants.
All Northwestern history professors possess Ph.D. degrees and the best of the best in their specialized areas (the Ancient World, U.S. history, Russian and European history, biblical history and more).

Reflect on Christianity throughout history.
Learn to see historical events with the lens of Every history student takes the class "History of the Christian Church."

Enjoy special hieroglyphics!
Northwestern is one of a few schools in the nation to offer a study of hieroglyphics! And you can learn it from a professor who found a royal tomb in Egypt!


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

Wondering what people in the History Department have been up to? Click over to the News page and find out!

What interesting classes might I take?
  • History of the Ancient Near East
  • The Renaissance and Reformation Era
  • The American Civil War Era
  • Old Testament Archeology
  • History of the Greek World
  • U.S. History since 1877
Where our grads are working:
  • Secret Service
  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Business
  • Archaeology
  • Teaching history/social studies
  • Center for the American Experiment (a political think-tank)
  • Minnesota Statehouse
  • Intelligence Services
  • Others continue to grad school, seminary or pursue Ph.D. programs in history. 
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:

  • Harvard University
  • University of Minnesota
  • DePaul University
  • Hamline University Law School
  • William Mitchell College of Law

History Department Online

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Professor Den Hartog maintains his own blog, "Historical Conversations." He also blogs monthly at the Religion in American History blog.