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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, 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 minors learn to read and to think critically, and to synthesize their research into understandable English.

With two graduate programs and 25 faculty with Ph.Ds from top universities, EIU's Department of History provides students with both variety in curriculum and individualized attention.

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 minor from EIU will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful.

Hours Required


Departmental Honors Program


Degree Plan


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

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

Course Catalog Listing


Study Abroad Opportunities

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

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/

Faculty Listing


Faculty Research Interests

U.S. (colonial, revolutionary, ante-bellum, civil war, progressivism, industrialization, immigration, rural, diplomatic, social, African-American, gender).
World (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, social, political, economic, gender).
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
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

History, Coleman Hall 2546; 2681
Contact Name: Anita Shelton, Chair or Michael Shirley, Undergraduate Advisor
Contact Email: ashelton@eiu.edu; mshirley@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/history/