Program Mission: The Option in Historical
Administration introduces students to the problems, philosophies, ethics, and
techniques of preserving, interpreting, and administering historical sites and
collections, and prepares students for work in historical museums, archives,
historical societies, and related cultural organizations.
Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree
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 a Historical Administration Program application, submitting
a statement of professional goals, and two confidential
letters of recommendation. Historical Administration Program
applications are available from the graduate coordinator, or on-line at
http://www.eiu.edu/~history. 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: Historical Administration students
follow a required curriculum and faculty compose the student’s
comprehensive oral exam committee.
Degree Requirements: Degree requirements include those
outlined for the master’s degree by the Graduate School (see
“Requirements for the
Master’s Degree”). Candidates for the Master of Arts in History
Administration Option must pass a written comprehensive examination,
successfully complete a 6 month internship, submit a graded and revised
research paper that includes an extensive
bibliography of the topic covered in the paper, and pass an oral
comprehensive exam that integrates knowledge gleaned from the
internship. Those students whose oral exam is awarded a “pass with
distinction” by the exam committee may be awarded (upon the
approval of the full exam
committee) a “pass with distinction” on the certificate of
comprehensive knowledge (and the official transcript).
Graduate Assistantships: Information on graduate assistantships
may be obtained by contacting the Historical Administration Program Coordinator,
Department of History, 2740 Coleman Hall, EIU or by visiting the website at http://www.eiu.edu/~history.