The Department of History offers the Master of Arts degree with coursework in American, Premodern World, and Modern World history. Students who pursue their degree in our traditional face-to-face option choose the thesis or non-thesis track to complete their M.A. degree. We also offer an option for teachers to complete their degree in History online. (The program does not lead to teacher licensure) Teachers in need of 18 credits of graduate study in history will find a range of interesting courses taught by our full-time EIU graduate faculty.
As our alumni page attests, our program is flexible enough to meet a number of career objectives. Full-time students seeking a terminal master’s degree can complete the program in three regular semesters, including summer coursework. Students planning to go on to a doctoral program may wish to take two years. Our evening seminars are convenient for students balancing their studies with employment.
Both the face-to-face and online options offer rigorous training in the three areas of study. The centerpiece of the program is Historiography, a course that introduces students to the methodologies and theoretical frameworks historians employ. Our proseminars in US, premodern, and modern world history introduce students to the important scholarly debates in each of these general concentrations of study.
Degree: Master of Arts
Completion time: 30 for M.A. with Thesis; 32 for M.A. without Thesis; 32 for Online Teacher Option Credit Hours
|International Studies in History||Option (Undergrad)|
|United States History||Concentration (Grad)|
|Modern World History||Concentration (Grad)|
|History with the Online Option for Teachers||Option (Grad)|
|Premodern World History||Concentration (Grad)|