The study of history offers exciting avenues into the past. As a historian you will develop the skills necessary to write and argue clearly, understand the nature of social organization, think chronologically, and analyze and interpret past and present events using primary and secondary sources.

Undergraduate Study

The History Department offers curricula leading to either a B.A. or B.S. degree in history. You can also earn a secondary education endorsement at Iowa State. Learn more

Graduate Study

Graduate program options include a Master of Arts degree (MA) in history and a Ph.D. in Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History. Learn more


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About the Department of History

The History Department at Iowa State University was established as a separate department in 1969, having been for many decades before that time a part of the joint Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy. Since 1969, the Department has continued to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees over a variety of national, chronological, and specialized areas of historical study. It is possible for undergraduate students to both major and minor in History, and for graduate students to seek the MA and the PhD degrees.