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The graduate program in History at Eastern Illinois University offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of history. We offer concentrations in American, European, and World History. Students have the option of writing a thesis or completing their degree through coursework.

The M.A. program in Historical Administration is currently on hiatus and is not admitting students.


Online Option for Teachers


United States History, European History, Modern World History

Hours Required

30 for M.A. with Thesis; 32 for M.A. without Thesis; 32 for Online Teacher Option

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Online Teacher Option

Course Catalog Listing


Typical Starting Positions

Community College (and higher education) instructor, public history, law, government, research-oriented positions, journalism, museum curator, museum registrar, collections manager, archivist, museum educator, museum director, museum exhibits

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck Austria, Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville Florida, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis IN, Argonne Laboratory, Mt. Zion High School, Urbana High School, Moraine Valley Community College, the Associated Press, American Express, State Farm Insurance Company Archives, Anheuser-Busch Archives, Museum of Northern Arizona, Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites, R. R. McCormick Museum, Missouri State Museum, Oriental Institute of Chicago, National Archives and Records Administration, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Deere and Co. Archives, Northern Kentucky University, Kansas State Historical Society (for more complete list go to http://www.eiu.edu/ha/alumninthefield.php

Notable Graduates

Ellen Endslow (MA HA '91 Director of Collections/Curator, Chester County Historical Society, PA), Debbie Grinnell (MA HA '91 Vice President for Advancement and Campus Development, Naper Settlement), Eva Pfanzelter Sausgruber (MA HIS '95 Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria), Chris Sundheim (MA HIS '96 editor on the national desk of the Associated Press), Leo Van Cleve (BA HIS '81, MA HIS '86 Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Off-Campus Programs, CA State University-Long Beach)

Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer Archeology in Belgium (in partnership with the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium);l British Studies Aboard (in league with Harlaxton College).

Research Opportunities

The History Department has collaborated closely with EIU'��s Booth Library to build research collections ? ��both traditional resources (books and periodicals) and non-traditional (electronic databases). Special collections at Booth include the University Archives and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository, containing state government records of historical and genealogical significance.

Through Booth Library, history graduate students have access to a plethora of both primary and secondary materials. Just a decade ago the quantity and quality of such online resources would have been unimaginable. These sources include J-stor, Project Muse, Congressional Universe, Early English Books Online, British Periodicals, and Making of America. Online newspaper collections include the historical New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Times (London), African American Newspapers: the 19th Century, The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, and the Pennsylvania Gazette. Virtually all of these resources are accessible through our off-campus proxy. Student also enjoy access to other regional libraries including the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign libraries (located roughly one hour north of Charleston).

Student Professional Organizations

Historical Administration Program Association (alumni support group): http://www.eiu.edu/ha/hapa.php

Professional Development Opportunities

Indiana State-Eastern Illinois University Graduate History Symposium (annual symposium between EIU and ISU History grad students); Loyola University of Chicago Annual Graduate History Annual Conference (EIU students have presented papers at Loyola for past five years). Historia, annual History Department journal, edited by students ( http://www.eiu.edu/historia/ )

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

The Department of History offers several graduate assistantships, fellowships, and awards to support promising graduate students. Departmental stipends are currently above or at par with nearly all other MA programs in the region. The cost of living in Charleston allows our students to stretch their dollars. Additional employment opportunities also exist within the university and at local community colleges.

Note: The deadline for consideration for Graduate Assistantships, departmental fellowships, and the IRAD Internship is March 1 for the succeeding academic year. Most year-long awards are granted in the spring to begin the following fall semester. Spring graduate assistantship and summer research awards occasionally are also available.

The history department awards a number of graduate assistantships. Awarded on a competitive basis, graduate assistantships are normally for the nine-month academic year and include a stipend and tuition waiver (graduate assistants are responsible for student fees). Departmental stipends are currently $890 per month. Graduate assistants must be enrolled as full-time students in courses approved by the graduate coordinator. They are required to work an average of 15-17 hours a week under the direction of the coordinator or department chair. Graduate assistant duties provide a substantive introduction to the academic world, mirroring the teaching, research, and service-oriented work expected of department faculty members. Graduate assistants may be expected to act as research assistants, proctor exams, serve as tutors, give occasional guest lectures, and provide other services for the department Currently we offer five full (nine-month) graduate assistantships and one half (four-month) assistantships. Full graduate assistantships come with fall, spring, and summer tuition remission. Four-month assistantships carry tuition remission for fall only.

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

Modern German history and 19th- and 20th-century European social and cultural history; Jewish-Christian relations during the Early Modern period; early modern British history; ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on political uses of myth, constructions of identity, and cross-cultural interactions; Modern Eastern European intellectual history and historiography; political, economic, and intellectual history of France in the late 17th and 18th centuries; Medieval European history, with research emphasis in historical archeology; 19th-century American intellectual and cultural history, and public history; the intersections of law and medicine in the United States, especially in the 20th century; eighteenth-century Black Atlantic and British colonial North America; African Americans, the South, 19th-Century America, and diplomatic history; social analysis of 19th-century US politics and political culture, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class and political development; U.S. diplomatic and labor history; theoretical aspects of history as a social science, and the social economy of Latin America; competing narratives of collective violence in the early 20th-century Japanese empire

Faculty Honors & Awards

Numerous Fulbright Awards and grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, John Carter Brown Library, the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance & Abolition at Yale University, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Council of Learned Societies, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the National Maritime Museum, the Library Company of Philadelphia and Mystic Seaport

Media Links


Department in the News

News of Interest: http://eiuhistory.wordpress.com/

History, Coleman Hall 2576
Contact Name: Dr. Sace Elder for M.A. in History (on campus and online)
Contact Email: seelder@eiu.edu
Coordinator Profile: http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/prospective_degreeprograms_history.php
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/historygrad/