Welcome to the History Department

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Understanding our shared past is important to our democracy and an enjoyable way to learn. The study of history brings to life people, events, and pathways that made us who we are today. Studying History at Iowa State helps you make connections and visualize patterns to explain how and why our world is the way it is. As a History major you will practice and perfect the research, writing, speaking, thinking, and listening skills to succeed in our ever-changing economy. And you will find yourself embarking on journey of a life-long learning.

Join us for your Adventure in History!”

Simon Cordery
Department Chair

Latest News

Stacy Cordery has developed creative strategies for keeping students engaged, connected and learning during the pandemic.
Chris Low receives LAS Dean’s Emerging Faculty Leaders Award
Simon Cordery earns 2019 George W. and Constance M. Hilton Book Award
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Undergraduate Study

The History Department offers curricula leading to either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in History. Want to be a teacher? You can earn a secondary-education endorsement at Iowa State.

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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.

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