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Schools Offering History Programs in Illinois

Around 0.5% of Illinois's graduates graduate from history degree programs every year. That means an estimated 1,701 historians graduate from Illinois' 48 history schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois with a history program is Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, 96 students graduated from Northwestern University's history program. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a history program is Wheaton College, which is located in Wheaton. In 2010, it was ranked 21st nationwide. In 2010, Wheaton College graduated 23 students from its history program. Students at Wheaton College paid $27,580 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a history program is Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 89 students from its history programs. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago was $32,114 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Illinois' history schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $22,333 per year, though tuition can range from $42,041 per year to $7,492 per year. The Illinois history schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Lake Forest College - located in Lake Forest, students are charged $35,525 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois history schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northeastern Illinois University - located in Chicago, students are charged $7,492 per year
  2. University of Illinois at Springfield - located in Springfield, students are charged $8,101 per year
  3. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - located in Edwardsville, students are charged $8,401 per year

A history degree from an Illinois school... what next?

A large number of Illinois history graduates become historians. 60 historians were working in Illinois in 2010. The largest populations of Illinois historians are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 40 historians

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of historians is expected to grow by 12% by 2018. There are projected to be 140 historians working in the Illinois then.


On average, historians earn $53,200 per year. However, this number is only an average. historians in Illinois had varying salaries from $24,850 to $88,370 per year in 2010. The following counties in Illinois have the highest average salaries for historians:

  1. Cook County - $42,340 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in history in Illinois and to compare salaries with various related fields such as political science or history, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in History in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in History in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in History in Illinois

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Curious what studying History gets you?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Archivists 260 $56,830 -48.0%
Historians 60 $53,200 -64.7%

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