You’ve probably heard older people talk about the “good old days.” But were they really all that good? Were people and ideas all that different? How did the good old days become today?

To answer questions like these, you’ll need to look for clues -- and not only in textbooks filled with dates and biographies. As a history major, you’ll find history in everything from a 1956 Elvis Presley poster to a 1934 ticket stub showing the price of a movie. You’ll even find it in last summer’s playlist of your favorite songs.

By the time you graduate, you’ll know how to decide for yourself what to think about the old days -- good or bad. And, perhaps more importantly, you’ll learn what those days can teach us about today and tomorrow.

Leaders Who Majored in History

Pat Schroeder

Former Congresswoman/CEO,

Association of American Publishers

Patrick Weadon


NSA Cryptological Museum

Rodney Robinson


Virgie Binford Education Center

Steven DeWolf


Wind Tex Energy, LP

David Stovall

Associate Professor,

University of Illinois at Chicago