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A history major at the University of Northern Iowa offers an education for life. It is an outstanding choice for a student interested in the broadest view of past civilizations and cultures. It helps put in perspective life’s joys and sorrows, successes and failures, hopes and despairs. It is no idle cliché to say that we should study the past in order to understand the present and cope with the future. The American philosopher and poet George Santayana put it simply: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”

Students with a liberal arts emphasis in the history major prepare for careers in such fields as law, government service, university teaching, journalism, archival/museum work and business. Because history majors possess strong communications skills (both written and oral) along with good general knowledge of society, they enter an amazing variety of fields. In fact, occupational choices for history majors in the liberal arts are limited only by their imaginations.


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History, B.A.

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History, M.A.


History Club Lecture Series

Each month, the UNI History Club hosts an outstanding scholar to conduct a lecture on their topic of expertise. 

History Club

The purpose of the History Club is to protect and promote the integrity of the discipline of history, provide a forum for student-led historical debate and encourage UNI students to interact across disciplines.

Consider a Public History Certificate

Students in related disciplines are encouraged to pursue a certificate in public history, which builds research skills and public engagement as well as other valuable skills and knowledge. More information can be found here


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


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Robert Martin
Head, Department of History
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