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, African, 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.
With around 200 undergraduate majors, two graduate programs, and 22 faculty, all with PhDs from top universities, 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 historical administration, 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 dept., 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.
Both the History BA and the History BA with Honors require 54 s.h. in the major (9 of which may be double-counted for General Education); History with Social Science Teacher Licensure requires 78 s.h. in the major disciplines (13 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 language
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 Historical Administration.
For information on the MA program, please visit: http://www.eiu.edu/historygrad/
For information on the Historical Administration program, please visit: http://www.eiu.edu/ha/
Course Catalog Listing
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, Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield, Illinois 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.
Jim Edgar (former governor of Illinois), Bruce Janu (teacher and award-winning documentary film-maker), Martin Ruhaak (Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP , Washington D.C.).