Department of History
Claude Clegg teaching

"The learning process is interactive," says Professor Claude Clegg. Clegg understands the challenges in making past events relevant. He uses dynamic multimedia presentations and discussion centered teaching methods to make the past come alive.

Historians no longer conceive of their subject as a parade of great men and dates. Instead, they critically interpret sources and stories about the full range of people living in the past to provide an understanding of issues that remain relevant today.

In the process of carrying out this work, people trained in history develop strong research and critical skills, creative methods for recognizing patterns of information, and techniques for clear and persuasive writing. No other discipline better prepares you to deal with and understand our contemporary world—from many professional perspectives—than history.

In addition to a full range of course offerings from internationally recognized scholars, IU’s history undergraduates take advantage of a number of special opportunities, including:

  • Our spring essay competitions, which provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable professional feedback while competing for an award that will strengthen a job résumé or application to graduate or professional school.
  • Our Honors Program, a major source of satisfaction and opportunities for our students.
  • The Faculty Mentor Program, accessible to interested students who want to discuss their major with a faculty member.
  • Finally, the history department offers its undergraduates a number of scholarships and internship opportunities as well.

In addition to the opportunities offered through the History program, Indiana History majors themselves run an online history journal, Primary Source, an opportunity for undergraduates from all over the country to show the world their ideas.