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EIU Department of History

Major Requirements

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 may choose from several degree options:

Bachelor of Arts in History Requirements
  • Students majoring in history must take the following required courses:
    • History 1101: Introduction to Historical Studies (1 credit)
    • History 2010G: History of the United States to 1877 or 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
    • History 4375: History Capstone Seminar
  • Students majoring in history must also take an additional 24 semester hours of electives, with at least 21 hours numbered above 3000 to include at least six semester hours in U.S. history and six hours in non-U.S. history, and six hours numbered above 4000.

Bachelor of Arts in History with International Studies Requirements

  • 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.

Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Licensure in Social Science Requirements

  • 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. Please visit the History with Teacher Licensure page for more information.

Minor in History Requirements
  • Students minoring in History must take at least 18 semester hours. Students take 12 hours of electives, with at least nine hours above 3000. Students also take one of the following US History courses: HIS 2010G, HIS 2020G, or HIS 3600G, and one of the following non-US History courses: HIS 15xxG, HIS 2560, or HIS 3555.

For more information, please contact the History Department's Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Brian Mann (

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Contact Information

History Department

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

Sace E Elder, Interim Chair

2542 Coleman Hall

Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Social Science Teaching Program Coordinator

2556 - Coleman Hall

Brian Mann, Undergraduate Advisor

3721 - Coleman Hall

Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator

2572 - Coleman Hall

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