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EIU Online Master of Arts in History


The right MA program can make a difference. Our program is distinguished by its selectivity, its small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and flexibility, which enables both part-time and full-time students to succeed. Our graduates (for those whose current position we have on record, please see below) have earned placements across the country in government, law, museums, libraries, teaching positions, and advanced study at the PhD level.

"Eastern's professors are excellent role models for those of us just entering the world of teaching in the college setting. Class topics are very interesting and presented in a relaxed setting, allowing for personal discussion and hands-on help in research."

-Michael Sparks (2007), Assistant Professor of History, Ivy Tech, Indianapolis, IN.

"The time I spent in the graduate history program at EIU was valuable. The professors are dedicated and the class discussions engaging. I was challenged to think about history in a new way. The research skills that I learned greatly helped me with future studies and my current job. I highly recommend the program."

-Amanda Standerfer (1997), Director, Decatur Public Library.

"History came alive for me, and I found myself thinking and discussing issues brought forth in classes long after class had ended, and even long after I graduated. I was supported but held to rigorous standards. I was guided but encouraged to think on my own two feet."

-Mary Barford (2006), PhD Candidate, Purdue University.


M.A. in History (year of graduation) employment


  • Brandon Cook (2018) Centrailia High School, Centrailia, IL
  • Moses Awinsong (2018) Teaching Fellow, University of Saskatchewan
  • Monica Burney (2018) M.S. Library Sciences, UIUC
  • Brittany Dixon (2018) Website Design, Dixon-Shappard
  • Jill Monroe (2018) Mayhaven Publishing, Mohamet, IL
  • John Bays (2017) UNLV Boyd School of Law
  • Michael Bradley (2017) Ph.D Student, UIUC
  • Tyler Calvert (2017) Administrative Office Assistant, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
  • Daniel Alexander Hayes (2017) Management & Program Analyst, and Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Nathaniel Rees (2017) Seasonal Supervisor, Bi-State Development, St. Louis, MO
  • Daniel Eppel (2016) Seasonal Supervisor, St. Louis Arch
  • Shawn Hale (2016) Undergraduate Admissions Office, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • James Bishop (2016) Ph.D Student, Louisiana State University
  • Dana Jarrard-Lameyer (2016) FHN Family Counseling Center, Freeport, IL
  • Kimberly Jones (2016) Ph.D Student, Rice University
  • Andrea Morgan (2016) Westville High School
  • Alyssa Peterson (2016) Ph.D Student, University of Texas @ Austin
  • Stephen Szigethy (2016) Police Officer, Charleston Police Department
  • Ian Nelk (2016) Writer/Editor, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Collin Chadwick (2015) M.S Library Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Alex Gillespie (2015) Stevens Industries, Orland Park, IL
  • Jennifer Huntington (2015) Teacher, Central Grade School, Effingham, IL
  • Emily Scarbrough (2015) Online ESL Teacher
  • Barth Bookout (2014) Teacher, Sandoval High School, Sandoval, IL
  • Kara Hoke (2014) Teacher, Gibrault Catholic High School
  • Aaron Psujek (2014) National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Chicago, IL
  • Dan Tomar (2014) Adams 14 School District, Denver, Co
  • Justin Wardall (2014) Data Procesor, Artex Data Solutions, Phoenix, AZ
  • Nathan Allison (2013) Adjunct Professor, University of Idaho
  • Benjamin Ill (2013) Admissions Counselor, Pacific Oakes College, Chicago, IL
  • Jason Wallace (2013) Data Technician, The Bargain Outlet Wholesale
  • David Littlefield (2013) Chief of Staff, Rep. Tom Bennett
  • Nichole Jones (2013) Renton History Museum
  • Lilijana Milojevik (2013) Ph.D Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Nicole Seraphita (2013) Staff Writer, TechRaptor
  • Phillip Mohr (2013) Executive Director, Des Plaines History Center
  • Crystal Abbey (2012) Littigation Attorney, Menn Law Firm, Green Bay, WI
  • Jeffery Drake (2012) Finance/Credit Manager, Effingham Bank
  • Rachel Hamilton (2012) Geneseo High School, Geneseo, IL
  • Chady Hosin (2012) Amity Schools, Kakogawa, Japan
  • Jason Miller (2012) Metrotech Masterscorer for Exam Champions
  • Laura Mondt (2012) Librarian, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
  • Ian Nelk (2012) Managing Editor, Common Grounds Publishing, Champaign, IL
  • Jeana Sherry (2012) Patient Access Supervisor, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL
  • Adam Morrisette (2011)
  • Staci Rogers (2011) Senior Academic Advisor and Assistant Program Coordinator for the PreLaw Program at Texas Tech University
  • Sonya Scott (2011) Therapy Services, Carle Hospitals
  • Chad Cussen (2010) PhD Candidate, History, Arizona State
  • LaMar Choate (2010) History Teacher, Wayne City High School, Wayne City, IL
  • Tristan Sodergren-Barr (2010) Teacher, AEON Corporation, New York
  • Derek Shilder (2010) Web Manager, Wolfram Research, Savoy, IL
  • Erin Crawley (2009) PhD Candidate, History, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Patrick Harris (2008) PhD Candidate, History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • James Hysell (2008) Adjunct Professor, Purdue University Westville, Westville, IN
  • Rachel Kleinschmidt (2008) PhD Candidate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Eric Orr (2008) Senior Mortgage Banker, CBC National Bank, Chicago, IL
  • Krystal Rose (2008) Communications Specialist, Hydro-Gear, Mattoon, IL
  • Richard Teddy (2008) Project Manager, Fincantieri Marine Group, Oneida, WI
  • Krishna I. Thomas (2008) Office of Faculty Development, Eastern Illinois University
  • Michael Swinford (2007) PhD Candidate, History, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jeff D. Corrigan (2007) Oral Historian, Missouri State Historical Society, Columbia, MO
  • Michael Sparks(2007) Assistant Professor, Ivy Tech, Indianapolis, IN
  • Kyle Osborne (2007) High School Teacher, Villa Grove, IL
  • Matthew S. Berry(2007) Infrastructure Analyst and Modeler, Argonne National Laboratory, Argone, IL
  • Nicholas Mariner (2007) PhD Candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Ryan Ervin (2006) High School Teacher, Effingham High School, Effingham, IL
  • Nicole Hurley Gardner (2006) Postdoc, Washington University Law School, St. Louis, MO
  • Justin Thomas (2006) Instructor, Lakeland Community College, Mattoon, IL
  • Mary Barford (2006) Professor, Western Governor's University, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Andrew Roling (2006) Research Specialist, Papers of Abraham Lincoln, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Josh Fulton (2005) Associate Professor, Morraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
  • Dan Grooms (2005) Library Technician, Midwestern University, Donners Grove, IL
  • John Rasel (2005) Cuyahoga Community College


  • Jennifer Lancaster (2004) History Teacher, Neoga High School, Neoga, IL
  • Jason Wagoner (2004) Sponsored Research Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • Michael J. Weitl, (2004) Customer Representative, Social Security Administration, Effingham, IL
  • Richard J. Hansen (2003) Teacher, US History & Government, Mt. Zion High School, Mt. Zion, IL
  • Aaron Osborne (2003) History and Social Studies teacher, Lewis Angapak Memorial School, Tuntutuliak, AK
  • Herb Meeker (2003) Reporter, Charleston Times-Courier, Charleston, IL
  • Mirjam Mueller (2002) PhD Student, International Relations, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Christopher Bailey (2002) PhD Student, History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Clinton Seybold (2002) Commander, National Guard Unit B/2-130IN, Effingham, IL
  • David Lyons (2002) Teacher Certification Program, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
  • Jenny Crider (2000) Civilian Historian for the U.S. Air Force, Randolf AFB, San Antonio, TX
  • Erik Hockenberry (2001) Financial Advisor, American Express, St. Louis, MO
  • John Staab (2004) History Teacher, Champaign Central High School, Champaign, IL
  • Nicole Klingler (2004) Administrative Assistant, Transtar Corporation, St. Louis, MO
  • Barry Hudek (2001) PhD Candidate, English, University of Mississippi
  • Greg Landry (2001) Tutor, Herscher High School, IL
  • Jill Lauerman (2001) Readers' Advisory Coordinator at Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood, IL
  • Bradley R. Royle (2000) Director, America's Logistics at Keysite Nemo Wireless Network Solutions


  • Gregory Aydt (1999) Academic Advisor, Eastern Illinois University, IL
  • Donna Baker (1997) MLS Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Scott Beem (1997)
  • Ryan Blankenship (1996) VP Product Management & Marketing CompTIA, Chicago, IL
  • William Brooks (1995) Field Account Manager, T-Mobile USA, Houston, TX
  • Kristan Crawford (1995) Social Studies Teacher, Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, IL
  • Dan Crews (1997) Director of Patron Services & Marketing, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
  • David A. Davis (1997) Teacher, Mt. Zion Junior High School, Mt. Zion, IL
  • Greg Decker (1997) Collection Maintenance Supervisor, Kelvin Smith Library, Cleveland, OH
  • Alex Dove (1997) SharePoint Analyst, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Andreas Dur (1998) PhD Student, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Mike Gaspic (1997) Information Systems Analyst, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Derrick Helmbacher (1998) Illinois Department of Transportation, IL
  • Jeffrey Kampfl (1998) Professor, Bradley University, Dunlap, IL
  • Travis McDade (1998) Law Student, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • John Naese (1996) Detention Officer, Champaign County probation and court services, IL
  • Julie Proscia (1998) Attorney, Smith-Amundsen LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Major Steven D. Rosson (1997) Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA
  • Susan Roth Breitzer (1995) PhD Student, History, University of Iowa, IA
  • David Seiler (1996) Instructor, Lakeland Community College, Mattoon, IL
  • Amanda Standerfer (1997) Director, The Urbana Free Library, Urbana, IL
  • Daniel Steineman (1996) Topographical Surveyor, Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Hood, TX
  • Chris Strangeman (1997) PhD student, Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • Chris Sundheim (1996) Top Stories Editor, Associated Press, New York City, NY
  • Deron Walker(1995, PhD, Education, Southern Illinois University 2004) Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literature, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
  • Bryan Wuthrich (1999) PhD Student ABD, Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; Instructor, Sante Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL
  • Missy Wright (1996) Senate Republican Staff, Springfield, IL



  • Kim Bauer (1991) Founder, Ozee Terminals
  • Tom Becker (1991) Community Planner, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Springfield, IL
  • Brian Bowen (1993) Owner, Bloomington Carpets, Bloomington, IL
  • David Denton (1991) Social Science Instructor, Olney Community College, IL
  • John Craig (1994) Teacher, Casa Grande, AZ
  • Eva Dragosits (1992) Founder, Querdenk Strategies, Austria
  • Matt Greider (1994) History Instructor, Lake Land Community College, Mattoon, IL
  • Bruce Janu (1991) Teacher, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove, IL
  • Tom Kerschner (1994) Business Development Manager, American Society of Safety Professionals
  • Connie McCammon (1991) Publications Manager, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
  • Vernon "Bo" McGuffee (1994) Owner, Puppy Tutor Dog Training
  • Eva Pfanzelter (1994) Lecturer and program coordinator, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Diana Pointer (1992) Education Specialist, Carle Clinic, Urbana, IL
  • Doug Quivey (1991) US Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
  • Mark Schmeltzer (1994) Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Karl Strenge (1994) Pastor, Redemption Lutheran Church, Battle Creek, MI
  • Rev. Guy R. Usher, Jr. (1994) Eau Claire, WI
  • James Winker (1991) History and Government High School Teacher, Freeport, IL


  • Klaus Grillmaier (1989) Global Marketing and Sales IT Manager, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, DE
  • Andrea Friedman (1979) Director, Nebraska State Library, Lincoln, NE
  • John Scott Parkinson (1988; Ph.D., History, 1998, Miami University of Ohio)
  • Richard Morton (1975, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Associate Professor of History, Clark Atlanta University, GA
  • Hans Rudolf Velten (1985; Ph.D., 1994, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für ältere deutsche Literatur, Germany
  • Martin Elzy (1969, Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio) Associate Director (retired), Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, GA
  • Calvin F. Heide (1980) US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Operations Officer, White Sands Resident Office, 902d Military Intelligence Group, White Sands Missile Range, NM
  • Franklin Delaine Donaldson (1966) History Teacher (retired), Effingham High School, Effingham, IL
  • Wade Ellett, Freelance Writer, Spearfish, SD
  • Michael Kleen, Publisher, Black Oak Media, Chcago, IL
  • Leo Van Cleave, Assistant Vice Chancellor, California State University


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History Department
Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3310

Lee Patterson, Graduate Coordinator

2572 - Coleman Hall

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