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The Department of History at EIU offers over 60 courses, ranging from sweeping surveys to tightly focused seminars. Core courses provide grounding in American and World History, as well as the tools to research, write, and present results. Core and elective courses in U.S., European, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian, ancient, medieval and modern history provide ample opportunity to develop and hone writing skills. The ability to gather and analyze information is essential to almost every professional pursuit. History majors learn to read and to think critically, and to synthesize their research into understandable English.

EIU's Department of History provides students with both variety in curriculum and individualized attention. Our undergraduate student/faculty ratio is less than 10:1. Our classes for majors typically number between ten and twenty students.

Whether your hope after graduation is to teach, move into the world of business, or continue on to graduate or professional school in history, information sciences, law or museum studies, your history degree from EIU will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful.

Students may choose from several degree options:

Bachelor of Arts in History
Bachelor of Arts in History with Departmental Honors
Bachelor of Arts in History with Option in International Studies
Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science
The department also offers a History minor.

Come visit us! We would be happy to have you visit us anytime we are in session and students and faculty are on campus. Go to http://www.eiu.edu/history/visit.php for information on how you can make an appointment to visit with the chair of the department, meet with one of our undergraduate advisors, sit in on a class, talk with faculty members, and/or meet with some of our current students.


International Studies, Teacher Licensure

Hours Required

Both the History BA and the History BA with Honors require 43 semester hours in the major (6 of which may be double-counted for General Education); History with Social Science Teacher Licensure requires 70 s.h. in the major disciplines (15 of which may be double-counted for General Education) and 34 s.h. in the Professional Education Core; History with International Studies requires 54 s.h. in the major (12 of which may be double-counted for general Education) and 4 s.h. of intermediate foreign

Departmental Honors Program


Four Year Degree Plan


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

History, Law, Library and Information Technology, Museum Studies, Historical Administration, Business, Economics

The department has two graduate (M.A.) programs: History and Online History MA for Teachers. The Historical Administration Program is on hiatus.
For information on the MA program, please visit: http://www.eiu.edu/historygrad/

Course Catalog Listing

http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=34&poid=5110 (Teacher Licensure)
http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=34&poid=5109 (International Studies Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Here are some paths that our graduates take:

Teaching (elementary, secondary, and college levels)
Public History (such as museums and archives)
Government (local, state and federal, from legislative research to the FBI)
Publishing (both print and web)

For more discussion of the above, see our Career Advice & Information for History Majors page on our website at: http://www.eiu.edu/history/careers.php

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Secondary schools and junior colleges in the state and across the nation, American Express, Associated Press, Charleston-Mattoon Journal Gazette/Times-Courier, EIU, Great Books Foundation, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Midwestern University, Purdue University - Westville, Smithsonian Institution, Sprint, U.S.Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, University of Illinois.

Notable Graduates

Jim Edgar (former governor of Illinois), Bruce Janu (teacher and award-winning documentary film-maker), Martin Ruhaak (Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP , Washington D.C.).

Study Abroad Opportunities

For a full listing visit: http://www.eiu.edu/edabroad/history.php
Study abroad opportunities include Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity grants: http://www.eiu.edu/honors/URSCA.php

Honors Research & Thesis: http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=34&poid=5107

Historia (student journal): http://www.eiu.edu/historia/

Student Professional Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta National Honors Society (EIU Chapter): http://www.eiu.edu/history/phi_alpha_theta.php
EIU History Club: http://www.eiu.edu/history/historyclub.php
Historia Editorial Board: http://www.eiu.edu/historia/

Professional Development Opportunities

History Careers Day and Career Advice & Information for History Majors: http://www.eiu.edu/history/careers.php

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

U.S. (colonial, revolutionary, ante-bellum, Civil War, progressivism, industrialization, immigration, rural, diplomatic, social, African-American, gender, contemporary).
World (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, social, political, economic, gender, World War I and II).
For more complete information: http://www.eiu.edu/history/faculty.php

Faculty Honors & Awards

Some of the awards recently received by History faculty include, but are not limited to:
EIU Distinguished Professor Award
EIU Distinguished Honors Faculty Member Award
EIU Faculty Laureate Award
Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award
Rodney S. Ranes Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
President’s Fund for Research and Creative Activity Grant

For more complete information, please look at our department's annual newsletters: https://www.eiu.edu/history/docs/Newsletter2017.pdf and History News Blog: https://eiuhistory.wordpress.com/

Media Links

History Department Facebook Page

History, Coleman Hall 2744, 3721
Contact Name: Sace Elder, Chair, or Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor
Contact Email: seelder@eiu.edu, bmann@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/history/