Governance Document

The Department of History offers an undergraduate Major and Minor in History, as well as graduate programs leading to a Master of Arts degree in history and the Ph.D. degree in Agricultural History and Rural Studies.

About the Department

The History Department at Iowa State University was established as a separate department in 1969, having been for many decades before that time a part of the joint Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy. Since 1969, the Department has continued to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees over a variety of national, chronological, and specialized areas of historical study. It is possible for undergraduate students to both major and minor in History, and for graduate students to seek the MA and the PhD degrees.

Attention: Graduating Seniors!

The History Dept. will be hosting a reception for our graduating seniors and their families on Friday, May 8 in the ballroom at the ISU Alumni Center. The celebration will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.,  immediately prior to the LAS Graduation Ceremony. Please RSVP to Jennifer Rivera ( by Thursday, April 30!

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Governance Document