Program Mission: In addition to furthering their knowledge of
United States, European, and World History through reading and
research, students in the graduate program in history develop their
skills in writing and critical thinking. The Master of Arts in
History prepares graduates to pursue teaching, research (in government,
business, or academia), and further graduate study.
Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”).
Additional requirements include completing an application from the
appropriate History Department Graduate Coordinator, submitting a
statement of professional goals, and two confidential letters of
recommendation. Admission to the graduate program in History
requires a minor in history or its equivalent. Students
must have written approval of the department prior to counting any
graduate-level course (outside Eastern Illinois University’s History
Department) toward graduate credit.Study Plan Approval: For the Master of Arts in History, the
student chooses during the first month of course work a history
professor to head the student’s exam committee in his or her intended
concentration. The student should meet with the committee head (as well
as the advisor) from time-to-time to monitor exam progress. The
study plan should be approved by the graduate coordinator and filed in
the Graduate School at the beginning of the last semester in which the
student is enrolled in courses counting toward the graduate
degree. The student must also contact professors who agree to
serve as exam committee members based on the student’s concentration at
Concentrations for the Master of Arts in History:
The majority of course work on the study plan must be in
European History and two exam committee members must be chosen from
professors who are European specialists. (Written exams are to cover
Medieval/Early Modern to Modern). The minor field will be United
States or World History.
United States Concentration:
The majority of course work on the study plan will be in
United States History and two exam committee members must be chosen
from professors who are United States specialists. (Written exams are
to cover colonial period to present). The minor field will be European
or World History.
The majority of course work on the study plan must be in non-western Modern World History (including at least six courses in nonwestern history, two courses in European history, and one course in U.S. history). Two exam committee members must be chosen from professors who are specialists in African, Asian, or Latin American history. (Written exams are to cover from 18th-century to present.) There is no minor field requirement.