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History at EIU:
A Long History in Graduate Education

The graduate program in History at Eastern Illinois University offers students flexibility, small class sizes, close personal attention from faculty, and numerous opportunities for developing and practicing the skills of independent research, writing, and critical analysis.

Students gain essential preparation for doctoral work in history, teaching careers at the community college and secondary levels, archival and museum work, law school, government service, and many other professions. Recent graduates have gone on to leading Ph.D. programs or into successful careers in an array of fields requiring research skills, clear writing, creativity and critical thought.

The curriculum combines traditional subjects with innovative, thematic courses in social, cultural and women's history. Students study closely with a faculty whose scholarship is internationally recognized. The department annually awards graduate assistantships and fellowships to highly promising students.

The History Department also offers an M.A. Online Option for Teachers and an M.A. in History with Historical Administration Option.

First Choice Graduate Program

The History graduate program has earned the honorable designation as a "First Choice" program at Eastern Illinois University.

firstchoiceprogram Graduate programs achieving the distinction of "First Choice" have applied for and been subjected to rigorous review from EIU's Council on Graduate Studies — with oversight from The Graduate School — to ensure they meet the highest standards of scholarly excellence as evidenced through sustained achievement of criteria developed and adopted by the council in 2006.

Why Choose EIU for Your Grad Studies?

We believe in everything our program has to offer, but let's narrow it down to a few key reasons you should check us out.