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History at Northwestern

Northwestern Department of History students in class

Our world-class department owes its reputation to outstanding faculty dedicated to teaching and research, as well as engaged students who take advantage of learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom.

The History undergraduate program teaches over 4,500 students each year, and the PhD program has over 110 students in residence.


Cakes and Classes is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet the faculty, learn about course offerings, and eat a whole lot of cake! Enjoy the thirty second video, and we'll see you at the next one beginning of fall quarter!

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Historical Studies


The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies (CCHS) promotes broad scholarly engagement with historical materials.

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Upcoming Events

History of the Book lecture

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Evanston

Annual History of the Book Lecture (CCHS/University Libraries) Ann BLAIR (Harvard), co-author with Anthony Grafton of Information: A Hi...

Lecture by Ira KATZNELSON (CCHS)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Evanston

Ira KATZNELSON (Columbia University), author of Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origin of Our Time (2013) and co-author of Time Count...

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Prof. David Shyovitz to appear in WTTW documentary special Dec. 2024
Emeritus Prof. S. Hollis Clayson Named AC2024 Distinguished Scholar
Prof. Ji-Yeon Yuh Interviewed on North Korea Policy Change

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