History | History Department – Eastern Oregon University


Major in History at EOU

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.

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Requirements for the History Major

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The History major check sheet can be found here.

A. Lower Division Requirements

15 credits (3 classes) chosen from the following U.S. History and World Civilization survey courses:

  • HIST 111: World Civilizations to 1500
  • HIST 112: World Civilizations since 1500
  • HIST 201: U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 202: U.S. History since 1865

B. Upper Division Requirements

10 credits in each of three categories* (for 30 credits total):

  • CATEGORY 1: U.S. History
  • CATEGORY 2: European and World History
  • CATEGORY 3: Western, Comparative, and Thematic History

*Consult with History faculty to determine which courses fit into which category.  A detailed program list is available here.

C. History Core Courses (15 credits total)

  • HIST 203: Historical Methods (preferably taken prior to the junior year)
  • HIST 303: Historical Research
  • HIST 403: History Capstone

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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Events & Opportunities

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

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The 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference,  hosted by Eastern Washington University, will take place April 7-8 in Spokane, WA.  Abstracts are due February 10 and final conference papers by March 13.  For more information, including the call for papers and submission guidelines, visit the conference website.

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“I loved my time at EOU! The small class sizes allowed for more personalized attention from professors who truly cared about my success, both inside and outside of the classroom. The campus community was supportive and created an environment in which I could thrive academically and socially.”

– Deneil Hill
EOU class of 2010 (History Major)
Doctoral candidate in History at Binghamton University (SUNY) N.Y. Boulder, Colo

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 graduate in History find there 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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