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The EIU history department introduced the Historical Administration option to its Master of Arts program in 1975. Since then it has been preparing students academically and technically to serve as professionals in museums and historical agencies. Students are introduced to the problems, philosophies, ethics, and techniques of preserving, interpreting, and administering the American heritage.
The HA curriculum combines the research orientation of a traditional cultural history program with an interdisciplinary approach to American material culture and includes a variety of hands-on activities. Each year classes work with various program partners on an assortment of projects. The on-campus academic year is followed by a six-month internship with an established historical institution or organization.
Some graduate assistantships are available each year. Prospective students invited to interviews are given an opportunity to complete graduate assistantship applications at that time. Graduate assistants have various duties, depending on their particular assignments.
The History Department also offers an M.A. in History.
Historical Administration students begin and end their academic year with study trips that take us behind-the-scenes in museums and historic sites. During the academic year, students write grants; research, design and build an exhibit; and conduct applied projects in archives and collections housed in campus, community, and state museums and sites.
As a program we interpret and curate the past through our annual exhibit, scholarly research and writing, public programming, digitization projects, and museum education projects. Faculty are actively engaged in interpreting and curating the past through their fields of research and through involvement in professional organizations.
Following the academic year, students complete a six-month internship at a museum of their choice. HA students complete a special project under the supervision of a museum professional, extending and reinforcing the knowledge and experience gained through their course work.
Historical Administration Program alumni are employed at museums and historic sites throughout the United States and beyond, in virtually every area of the field. You'll find them at corporate archives, National Park Service sites, Smithsonian museums, university museums, the National Archives, county historical societies, living history sites, arts councils, and more.
Historical Administration has earned the honorable designation as a "First Choice" program at Eastern Illinois University.
|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.|
“History, by compelling students to place themselves in the shoes of those very unlike themselves, whether by studying diverse cultures or considering how people in the past adapted to new environments, makes students better citizens. As importantly, the discipline’s emphasis on clear and effective written communication prepares our students for a wide variety of occupations."
“I love teaching at EIU because I get to lead students on remarkable journeys in the ancient world in courses about Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia, Alexander the Great, the Trojan War, and others. My research is currently focused on the Roman Near East, in particular Roman engagement with Armenia, on which I am writing a book."
"The history students at EIU share my historical imagination and passion for learning about the past. It is a pleasure to help them develop the skills they need to practice history—skills and an informed understanding of the world that carry them beyond their studies and into their lives as professionals and as citizens."