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Our program size allows us to work closely with our students, both on campus and online, as they develop critical thinking skills, improve writing mechanics, and become informed readers. Lower division courses are usually limited to 35 students, while upper division courses frequently enroll between 10-15 students.

The history major requires 60 total credits

Lower division required courses (Complete a minimum of 15 credits):

Choose from the following offerings:

HIST 111: World History to 1500 (5 credits, SSC)

HIST 112: World History since 1500 (5 credits, SSC)

HIST 201: U.S. History to 1865 (5 credits, SSC, DPD)

HIST 202: U.S. History since 1865 (5 credits, SSC, DPD)

*Lower-division transfer courses in U.S. and/or World History may count in this area.  Contact a History faculty member with any questions.

Upper division required courses (Complete a minimum of 10 credits in each group for a total of 30 credits)

Group 1: U.S. History (minimum of 10 credits required)

Choose from the following offerings (which vary by term):

HIST 310: The Seventies (5 credits)

HIST 314: The Great Depression (5 credits)

HIST 319: U.S. History Through Film (5 credits)

HIST 330: U.S. Women’s History (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 352: The Sixties (5 credits)

HIST 360: Military History (5 credits)

HIST 383: History of Native Americans in the U.S. (5 credits)

HIST 458: Civil War & Reconstruction (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 460: American Constitutional History (5 credits)

HIST 462: History of Sexuality (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 480: History of the U.S., 1900-1945 (5 credits)

HIST 481: U.S. History since World War II (5 credits)

HIST 310/410: Selected Topics in U.S. History

Group 2: European/World History (minimum of 10 credits required)

Choose from any of the following offerings (which vary by term):

HIST 315: Frankenstein in European History (5 credits)

HIST 310: Cities in World History (5 credits)

HIST 310: Witches, Saints & Heretics: Women & Religion in Medieval to Early Modern Europe (5 credits)

HIST 321: History of the Ancient World (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 415: Blood, Phlegm, and Bile: A Social History of Medicine (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 421: Medieval Europe (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 427: Renaissance and Reformation Europe (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 445: History of Postwar Europe (5 credits)

HIST 310/410: Selected Topics in European/World History

Group 3: Western/Comparative/Thematic History (min. of 10 credits required)

Choose from any of the following offerings (which vary by term):

HIST 311: Immigration Nation (5 credits, AEH and DPD)

HIST 312: Cultural History of Sports (5 credits, DPD)

HIST 322: The West in Film (5 credits)

HIST 333: Labor & The Working Class in American History (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 345: Environmental History (5 credits)

HIST 355: Colonial Americas: Intro to Comparative History (5 credits)

HIST 422: Violence in American History (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 444: History of the Pacific Northwest (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 466: History of the American West (5 credits, UWR)

HIST 479: History of Mexico (5 credits)

HIST 310/410: Selected Topics in Western/Comparative/Thematic History

Required core courses (10 credits; students must complete the following courses):

HIST 203: Historical Methods (5 credits, AEH, UWR, offered FALL TERM)

HIST 403: Thesis/Capstone (5 credits, UWR, offered SPRING TERM)

Please consult the history faculty with any questions about program requirements.

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Where can History take you?

Many of our students go on to graduate school, law school, or become teachers at the elementary or secondary level. This is because the history major emphasizes the continuity of culture by providing a historical background for the study of other disciplines and the tools necessary for responsible citizenship. It also helps to prepare students for careers in teaching, public service, consulting, research, museums, archives, and libraries, and provides a liberal education as a basis for entering a variety of careers such as public administration, business, and law.

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There are many great opportunities to engage with a community around History programs and beyond with LiveStream presentations and ongoing visiting lecturers.

The 2019 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference, hosted by Idaho State University, will take place April 12-13 on the ISU campus in Pocatello, Idaho. Abstracts will be due in February and final conference papers in March. Stay tuned for more information! Dr. Jason Knirck of Central Washington University presents “The Irish Revolution and World History.” Thursday, May 18, 3:00, Pierce Library. 

Most recent:

Irish Revolution and World History lecture poster
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Fellowship Opportunity

In addition to the variety of scholarships available at EOU, Full-time students who are researching history are encouraged to apply for The Oregon Heritage Fellowship.

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Where are they now?

EOU graduates in History find their way into some diverse and wonderful education and career paths. Deneil Hill (2010) recently received the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for her dissertation project, "Shifting Feminist Visions at the UN: Self-Determination, Sexuality and Human Rights, 1975-1995."

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Phi Alpha Theta

Established in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the nation’s premier history honor society. It is the charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies, which sets standards for scholastic eligibility and organizational excellence.

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