History Degrees

NWU History is where you’ll actively explore our past and apply its lessons to today’s most pressing challenges. With a history degree from NWU, you’ll develop the skills you need to succeed in any field.

Our history majors are outstanding writers, speakers, researchers and thinkers. They process tremendous amounts of information and can quickly distinguish between what’s relevant, what’s beside the point, and what’s essential.

When you master these “skills of the historian,” you’ll see they’re equally useful in every field. That’s why NWU alumni with a history degree include so many successful lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers and civil servants.

Get amazing results.

Be a part of NWU History’s active approach to learning.

We travel. Recent destinations for study trips led by history professors include Austria, China, Germany and Japan. And the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) has connected history majors with internships in Washington, D.C., at institutions like the NASA History Office and the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

We serve. Many NWU History courses integrate service experiences into your learning. Study environmental history and help agencies working on issues of pollution, climate change and natural resource management. Or study African American history and volunteer with Lincoln’s Malone Community Center.

We research. NWU supports important undergraduate research projects with thousands of dollars in grants and prizes each year. You can do the kinds of research most historians don’t experience until graduate school.

We work. Every history major completes an internship or thesis. Local and regional internships include positions at the Lincoln Planning Department and Nebraska State Historical Society. Or take advantage of national opportunities in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

History faculty

NWU History is home to excellent professors with an array of historical interests. They include an expert in Germany during the Reformation who also has an encyclopedic knowledge of Bob Dylan, a triathlete whose most recent book examines women on the North American plains, and the historian who coordinates NWU’s popular CHIP Program.


Contact or visit us

History Department
Meghan Winchell, Department Chair
Old Main, Room 312
Lincoln, NE 68504
mwinchel [at] nebrwesleyan.edu