The History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago
offers a serious and successful undergraduate and graduate program.
At any one time, about 250 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate
students are enrolled and working toward degrees. To teach and train
them, there are members of the faculty whose resumes
you can examine elsewhere on this site. As you will discover, their
expertise and the courses they teach cover most of traditional areas
of historical investigation, including the history of Europe, the
United States, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and World History. The Department is also particularly strong in gender and women’s
history, American and comparative labor and economic/business history,
African and African-American history, and urban history. This strength
is reflected in our graduate concentration in the History of Work,
Race, and Gender in the Urban World (WRGUW). The University of Illinois
at Chicago is an ambitious institution that has already attained
Research One status (one of the 88 universities with $40 million
of Federal funding per year
Faculty. In addition to a regular output of articles in refereed journals
and books with the best university presses, the faculty has an enviable record
in obtaining fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
Guggenheim Foundation as well as the Woodrow Wilson Center, the MacArthur Foundation,
and the Social Science Research Council. The Departments faculty are a vigorous
and productive group of historians. What's more, many have won teaching awards
in the University.
Faculty. We would like to welcome Ralph Keen to his new joint position as the Chair of Catholic Studies and Professor of History. Keen is a historian of ideas who works with how thinkers in one era retrieve and apply the writings of earlier figures in the tradition. In the past, his research has been concerned with the ways Reformation-era theologians drew on biblical and early-church authorities in crafting political doctrines suitable to their era. Currently he is working on Counter-Reformation Catholic authors' construction of the early church (to ca. 500) as a Golden Age, intended as a contrast to the decline they saw in the 16th and 17th centuries. He finds it tremendously exciting to be part of our department and has already greatly enjoyed interacting with UIC students.
We also look forward to the arrival of Keely Stauter-Halsted as the new Chair of Polish History in January.
as a Place to Live and Study. One of the major cities of the world, Chicago
is a marvelous place to be a student. The University is a stone's throw from the
center of the city, located on a campus that has most of the features-lawns and
trees and open spaces--of universities set in more rural areas. The city offers
great music, theater and art galleries as well as a beautiful lakefront and magnificent
architecture. Two other major universities are located here as well as several
other significant ones, while the Newberry Library, the Chicago Historical Society,
and the Great Lakes branch of the National Archives are among the archival repositories
that add to the possibilities for research in Chicago. Finally, the library at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has one of the biggest holdings
among American universities, to which UIC students and faculty have direct access
by computer, along with full borrowing privileges with guaranteed delivery of
items requested within two days.
Undergraduate Experience.The undergraduate degrees we offer are the B.A. and
the Bachelor of Arts in Teaching. B.A. majors are required to take courses in
the three geographic areas of historical study-European, American, the rest of
the world-and these must be at the upper (300- and 400-levels) as well as the
lower division. Throughout their career, they will be taught in relatively small
courses-rarely more than 100 at the lower levels and usually as small as 8 to
30 at the 300 and 400-level. Moreover, the full-time faculty teaches not only
the advanced and specialized courses, but the 100-level ones as well. In addition,
our advising system is very thorough and involved, and all majors can get advice
and attention very easily. Consequently, History majors enjoy a small-school
experience in a large, urban, research university. The experience of the B.A.T.
students is very similar. In addition to meeting the same kind of requirements
as B.A. majors, there are some special courses they have to take, including World
History and Teaching Social Studies, meeting various state certification stipulations,
and a semester of teaching practice in a high school. And, of course, this means
that advising and supervision are even more necessary and available, while the
sense of being part of a program along with others in their classes is also greater.
Experience The graduate degrees offered at UIC are the M.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D.
The Master of Arts in Teaching is a rigorous and very valuable degree that is
part of our highly regarded Teaching of History Program. Students take the same
courses as other graduate students, including required colloquia and the research
seminar. The M.A. is also available as a graduate degree separate from, and preliminary
to, the Ph.D. and it enrolls able students who may not yet want to go on to the
Ph.D. or who may not want to do so. Most Ph.D. students can expect to obtain financial
support through teaching assistantships -- around 25 each semester -- or through
university or departmental fellowships. There is careful supervision of, and close
contact with, all graduate students, particularly of course the Ph.D. students.
But the requirements are demanding, and they have ensured that our graduates have
been well-trained and thus placed in academic or other related positions with
to the UIC History Department. You will find the information you need to apply
to the graduate programs in History at UIC elsewhere on this web site. Please
feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.
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