North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose history at North Central College?

You’ll work closely with some of the most well-respected faculty and authorities in the field as you conduct primary research at local and Chicago-area historical centers. And our history major is immensely flexible—it enables you to shape your entire college experience around your interests. You can major and minor in additional areas, such as English, political science or media studies. You can study abroad. Learn new languages. Add Chicago Term and urban/suburban studies to your program. But no matter how you define “history major,” you’ll graduate with the solid writing and analytical skills that every successful career requires.

You may also:

  • Conduct primary research with area exhibit curators and history professionals, including the College’s own full-time archivist.
  • Secure internships and future jobs with local historical centers, including the Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, Naper Settlement ans DuPage Children's Museum.
  • Collaborate with noted faculty like Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History Ann Durkin Keating, a renowned expert on Chicago-area history and the editor of several authoritative historical references.


Luke Franks, assistant professor of history
Luke Franks, North Central College assistant professor of history and coordinator of East Asian studies, published and presented research on Japanese politics.
Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, presented at The Field Museum about Cook County Forest Preserves.
Bruce Janacek, associate professor of history
Bruce Janacek, North Central College associate professor of history, was published in two-volume collection of essays in early modern European history.



  • Accession intern, The Field Museum, Chicago
  • Curatorial intern, Chicago History Museum
  • Curatorial intern, Naper Settlement, Naperville
  • Education intern, Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in history have been accepted at:

  • American University, Washington, DC
  • Arizona State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Loyola University
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University, Ohio
  • Trinity College, Ireland
  • University of Leicester, England
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Recent graduates in history include:

  • Museum Curators/Educators
  • History Teachers/Professors
  • Lawyers
  • Writers/Journalists/Bloggers
  • Archivists/Librarians
  • Government/Non-Profit
  • Business/Private Sector
History major

Carl felt a strong sense of community the moment he set foot on North Central’s campus.  He soon discovered it wasn’t just the students who fostered such a close-knit environment.

“The interactions between students and professors are some of the numerous advantages students have here,” Carl says. “I know I can drop by the history offices at any time and the professors will bend over backward to help me.”

Carl’s admiration for his professors factored heavily into his decision to pursue a career as a college history professor. After graduating from North Central, he’ll begin working on a master’s program in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“The professors have been there...

History and Political Science double major, History of Ideas minor

“What’s great about North Central’s history department is the flexibility and opportunities to sample everything and then focus on your area of interest,” says William.

William has worked in the College’s Archives, conducted research at Naper Settlement and presented his research on different topics at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

“During my senior year I hope to work at the National Archives in Chicago as part of my Capstone Seminar paper and College Scholars Honors thesis.”

William carries a second major in political science, minor in history of ideas and is an officer of the Student Government Association. A member of the forensics team, he was a national finalist twice...