The History Department offers majors with either the B.A. or B.S. degree. We also have a special track for student’s seeking to major in History while pursuing Secondary Education certification. We offer a range of internships, honor’s degree and minor options for appropriate students.

Degrees and Requirements

 History (B.A., B.S.)
 History (B.A. or B.S. with Secondary Education Licensure)


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International Studies 

The International Studies major draws its courses from numerous departments throughout Rockford University. Students can choose courses from disciplines including political science, history, economics, sociology, philosophy, art, business, theater, religion, classics, modern foreign languages and others.

Degrees and Requirements

The International Studies major is composed of four elements:

1. Core Courses:  These provide a common introduction and overview of international relations, global issues, historical context, political affairs, economic forces, and contemporary problems.
2. Supporting Courses:  Chosen from the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences, these allow personalized study within a desired focus area. These courses offer students the opportunity to study and understand the larger world outside the United States. While these courses may overlap with a student’s course work for a double major or a minor, there are limits to the allowed use of courses for more than one major or minor; consultation with the Department Chair and Registrar on such questions is advised.
3. Foreign Language or Focused Global Study:  Either two courses in foreign language or three courses in the study of cultures foreign to the students’ own provides greater insight into others’ perspectives. While all majors are encouraged to study foreign language, which is a norm in the field, if it is not possible to do so, students can substitute other coursework. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.
4. Study Abroad or International Experience Project:  Majors will participate in a short- or semester-long study abroad program, or instead develop a project (driven by the student and their interests) to explore one or more international experiences more locally and/or regionally. Financial aid may be available for study abroad and several program options are offered. Further, students may wish to coordinate their study abroad with research for their Senior Seminar. Consultation with their academic advisor, the financial aid director, and the Office of Global Affairs is recommended to plan an appropriate study abroad option.

Ideally, majors will partake of a short study abroad course early in their university career, then a more substantive semester or year-long experience during their junior or senior year. Financial aid may be available and several program options are offered. Further, students may wish to coordinate their study abroad with research for their Senior Seminar or work in a concentration area. Consultation with an academic advisor, financial aid director and the Office of Global Affairs is required to plan an appropriate course of study.



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Historical and International Studies
Lang Center
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-226-3335
Catherine Forslund, Ph.D.