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The discipline and subject matter of History require and also develop skills in the following areas: research; organization; critical thinking and analysis; synthesis; reading, writing, and speaking.

Reasons to come to study History at EIU include:
- Quality. For example, EIU's History department is known as one of the top undergraduate departments on campus. It also has a strong reputation in the state and nationally.
- Our student journal, Historia, is a several-time winner of "best student journal" in a nationwide competition sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society.
- Faculty. Our faculty are true scholar-teachers. All members have earned a Ph.D. and are active in their fields of research. With over 20 faculty and around250 students in all our programs, we are able to maintain small classes of 10 to 40 students at the most. This means there is plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction. And all of our classes are taught by the professors; we do not use graduate assistants to teach classes. We also have quality centralized advising.
- Curriculum. Our faculty includes specialists in the history of the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and Latin America, on periods from the ancient world through contrmporasry times so you will have a wide range of classes from which to choose.
- Extra-curricular activities. We have an active History Club that sponsors field trips, book sales and film festivals, as well as Epsilon Mu, a regional chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honors society), which sponsors conferences and competitions. We also publish an annual student journal, Historia.
- Scholarships. We offer around 20 scholarships for students in History, from those for incoming freshmen and transfer students to those earmarked for advanced juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Hours Required


Departmental Honors Program


Degree Plan


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

history, law, library and information technology

Course Catalog Listing


Typical Starting Positions

While over half of our majors go into teaching at either the secondary or college levels, nearly half pursue other professions. Here are some paths that our graduates take:
Public history, such as museums and archives.
Government, local, state and federal, from legislative research to FBI.
Publishing, both print and Web.
Documentary films.
For more discussion of the above, see "What Can I Do With a History Major?" at: http://www.eiu.edu/history/undergrad_career_opportunities.php

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Secondary schools and junior colleges in the state and across the nation, American Express, Smithsonian, Sprint.

Notable Graduates

Jim Edgar, former governor of Illinois.

Study Abroad Opportunities

For a full listing: http://castle.eiu.edu/edabroad/
Includes opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America

Research Opportunities

For a summary: http://www.eiu.edu/history/doing_history.php

Student Professional Orginizations

Phi Alpha Theta National Honors Society (EIU Chapter), History Club, Historia Editorial Board.

Professional Development Opportunities

For a summary:http://www.eiu.edu/history/

Graduate Asisstant Opportunities

The department has two graduate (M.A.) programs: History and Historical Administration. For information: http://www.eiu.edu/history/grad.php


For a complete listing: http://www.eiu.edu/history/doing_history_writing.php#Scholarships
History Faculty Award in American History
History faculty Award in World History

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

U.S.: colonial, revolutionary, ante-bellum, civil war, progressivism, industrialization, immigration, rural, diplomatic, social, African-American, gender

World: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, social, economic, gender

For more complete information: http://www.eiu.edu/history/faculty.php

Faculty Honors & Awards

EIU Distinguished Professor, EIU Faculty Laureate, Luis Clay Mendez Service Award

For more complete information: http://castle.eiu.edu/histnews/

Media Links


Department in the News


Department of History, Coleman Hall 2546; 2681
Contact Name: Anita Shelton, Chair or Michael Shirley, Undergraduate Advisor
Contact Email: ashelton@eiu.edu; mshirley@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/history/