History students at Central have access to a wide array of courses covering all aspects of world history, including United States, European, Middle Eastern, Asian, African and Latin American. The department offers a wide-ranging curriculum covering multiple time periods, and professors bring added insight into the classroom through their personal research specialties.
Studying history provides a context for understanding ourselves and our world.
You'll have many opportunities to experience the past first hand. Central students have toured Civil War battlefields in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Mississippi, and enjoyed behind-the-scenes access at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum and the National WWI Museum. Students have also toured, studied and worked at the State Historical Society of Iowa and Living History Farms.
Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens.
Learn more about study abroad.
You'll be invited to investigate the past by participating in Honors seminars and regional undergraduate research conferences. Recent topics have included the Colorado Gold Rush, Hawarden World War II veterans, Chinese politics and American-Japanese relations.
History classes meet in historic Jordan Hall, which has been updated to meet the needs of today’s students.
Central will welcome visual artist and photographer Bharat Ajari to the Mills Gallery from Feb. 15 to March 12 as part of the college’s Black History Month programming.
No matter what your interests, Central has a student group or organization for you. Student groups of interest for history students include:
The research interests of Central’s history faculty create breadth and depth across courses including military history, political history, popular culture, migration and refugees, inter-ethnic relations and more.
Central’s history program exposes students to museums, archives, academic and corporate libraries and other fields that utilize the work of historians. An internship is strongly recommended in this program.