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Exploring the Past and the World

Preparation For a Variety of Careers

History graduate Mattie Korneta shares how experiences in the department have prepared her for the future.


Undergraduate students at Eastern can choose from courses taught by specialists in a wide variety of subjects from ancient Greece, to modern Iran, Korea, and South Africa, and from Atlantic mariners in the age of sail to World War II. (Check out courses and faculty pages.)

To take just a few examples of student work from our award-winning, student-run history journal, Historia, recent undergraduate history course-work has resulted in student publications on subjects as diverse as cryptography, a late-19th century Anglo-American circumcision debate, whaling and the candle industry, environmental history, Incan religion, rock and British youth subcultures, and the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In the Classroom

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History students discuss America’s Early Republic with Dr. Mark Voss-Hubbard, Summer 2013.



Individual Attention; Unique Projects

Hands On History

History Major Breeahnah Babers presents her award-winning short film 'Ain't I a Woman


In Fall 2012, Dr. Debra Reid and eleven undergraduates created an award-winning exhibit, "Building a Brotherhood," focused on freemasonry in Central Illinois after World War II. They researched it, acquired artifacts, and wrote the informational panels for the exhibit, which went on display at Booth Library in November. Not only did the exhibit receive an "Excellent" rating from Special Projects Illinois State Historical Society, Dr. Reid notes the students "also impressed the masons."

History 4930 - Class Exhibit on Freemasonry Wins State Award

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Walhain Castle Dig

Summer Archeology Program in Belgium with Dr. Bailey Young and The University of Louvain. Read more...



Real World Skills

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History Careers Day Speakers (and Alumni!), 2013


Why do employers desperately want to hire applicants with history degrees? How does a history degree provide the real-world skills needed to succeed in a variety of careers? Nearly 80 history majors learned the answers to these and other questions at the 2013 EIU History Careers Day. Former EIU history majors spoke about how their history degrees provided them a leg up on the job market upon graduation and the real-world skills that have allowed them to build highly successful careers.

Pictured above (clockwise from the upper right):

  • Marc Anderson, now Product Manager, Congressional and Historical Collections at ProQuest
  • Amanda Standerfer, now Adult Division Head Librarian at the Decatur Public Library
  • Amanda Bryden, now State Sites Collection Manager, Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites, New Harmony State Historic Site
  • Bobbi Kingery, EIU Career Services
  • Ryan Blankenship, now Managing Director, Mathematics and Statistics at McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

If you want to know more about how a history degree from EIU can lead to success, you should ask them directly about their experiences. Just click on their names to send them an email.



Professional Opportunities

Jarrod Taylor: Utilizing Military & EIU Experiences in the Classroom

After serving about 10 years in the army, Jarrod Taylor went from training soldiers to teaching middle school students. A ’13 EIU alum in History with Teacher Certification with endorsements in English and Middle Level Learning, Taylor is now able to incorporate his experiences in the army and of traveling the world into his classroom of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. He hasn’t forgotten his education experience, though. “The contacts I made (at Eastern), it set me up for success,” Taylor said.


Three recent undergraduates who had the opportunity to obtain professional recognition or training are:

  • Honors student Kim Nohren, who helped to develop Dr. Charles Foy's Black Mariner Database as part of the President Research Fund grant, a database, into which Dr. Foy regularly incorporates undergraduate student projects.
  • Undergraduate Livingston Lord Award winner (2012) Jarrod Taylor, who worked with Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz to present a paper at the National Council for History Education annual conference held in Richmond in March 2013.
  • Patrick Vonesh, who parleyed a love (of the darker side?) of popular music into an undergraduate independent study on youth riots in Britain and, as a graduate student, helped curate (with graduate student Philip Mohr) an exhibit to accompany a series of lectures and performances on "America's Music" at Booth Library in Spring 2013.

Hands-On History

Graduate Student Samantha Sauer talking about her work at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill.