The EIU history department introduced the Historical Administration option to its Master of Arts program in 1975. Since then it has been preparing students academically and technically to serve as professionals in museums and historical agencies. Students are introduced to the problems, philosophies, ethics, and techniques of preserving, interpreting, and administering the American heritage.
The HA curriculum combines the research orientation of a traditional cultural history program with an interdisciplinary approach to American material culture and includes a variety of hands-on activities. Each year classes work with various program partners on an assortment of projects. The on-campus academic year is followed by a six-month internship with an established historical institution or organization.
Some graduate assistantships are available each year. Prospective students invited to interviews are given an opportunity to complete graduate assistantship applications at that time. Graduate assistants have various duties, depending on their particular assignments.
The History Department also offers an M.A. in History.
Why Choose Historical Administration at EIU?
Here are a few examples of what makes studying Historical Administration at EIU exciting, challenging and rewarding:
First Choice Graduate Program
Historical Administration has earned the honorable designation as a "First Choice" program at Eastern Illinois University.