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EIU Department of History

Major Requirements

Students may choose from several degree options:

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

The History department offers over 60 courses, ranging from sweeping surveys of long periods to tightly focused seminars on specific topics and countries. Most courses offer students the opportunity to improve their writing skills.

  • Students majoring in history must take 15-21 semester hours of required courses:
    • History 2010G: History of the United States to 1877
    • History 2020G: History of the United States since 1877
    • History 2500: Researching and Writing History
    • History 2560: Early Modern World History
    • History 3555: Modern World History
    • History 3600G: The U.S. Constitution and the Nation
    • as well as 33 semester hours of electives numbered above 3000, which must include at least 9 semester hours in U.S. history and 9 in non-U.S. history.
    • Suggested 4-Year Curriculum Plan
  • The option in History with International Studies requires History 2020G, 2560, 3555, 2500, 3600G, and 21 semester hours distributed between History, Economics, Political Science, and Geography, as well as proficiency in French, German, or Spanish.
  • A History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science degree allows students to pursue a degree in History while training and becoming licensed to teach high school social studies.
  • Students minoring in History must take at least 18 semester hours (HIS 2010G, HIS 2020G, HIS 2560, HIS 3555, and two upper-division history electives).
  • All History classes (except HIS 3175 and HIS 4800) are Writing Intensive; HIS 2500 is writing centered.

For detailed information about advising, click here.

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Contact Information

History Department

2744 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor

3721 - Coleman Hall

Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Undergraduate Advisor

2556 - Coleman Hall

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