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History and Social Sciences Major

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Why Study History and Social Sciences?

The Social Sciences provide an understanding of how the world works using social and behavioral explanations. Students who study history and social sciences graduate with research, analytical, communication and critical thinking skills; a flexible approach to learning; and the ability to work both independently and as members of a team. Paired with history, the social sciences lead to careers that have a real impact on society.

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Why Study History and Social Sciences at Eastern?

The History and Social Sciences major at Eastern is designed for students pursuing teaching certification in secondary education, but is open to all students. It combines a broad historical background with in-depth exploration of one or more social sciences, along with a variety of elective options. Majors select courses from the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

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Salary Potential


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* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Learning Opportunities

History students experience the world of history through the History Club, research assistantships, internships, and field trips, as they engage historical sites, museums and historical societies.

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Study Abroad

History faculty have lead student groups on study trips to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

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Honor Society

History students have the opportunity to be inducted into the Alpha Mu Alpha chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society.

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Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in History and Social Sciences can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Middle School and Secondary School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Management Analysts
  • Community and Social Service Specialists
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Social Scientists
  • Probation Officers

Successful Alumni

Graduates from Eastern’s history and social sciences major are working as secondary school teachers in and around Connecticut.  Others are enjoying careers as psychologists, counselors, advisors, social workers and social science researchers.

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Alumni Testimonials

Darcy Bruce ’13

Darcy Bruce ’13

History and Social Science Major Bruce Darcy teaches playwriting as an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. “As a student, faculty members motivated me to pursue creative interests in addition to academic ones. I was pushed to work outside of my comfort zone, and as a result, I was able to find my voice and a career I’m passionate about.”

Milton Jackson ’15
History and Social Science

Milton Jackson ’15

Milton is a senior user-experience designer at United Technologies, where he helps teams in a variety of industries innovate, generate and test new products. “I attribute my success to the multitude of Eastern faculty and staff who provided me guidance and mentorship during and after graduation.”

Wiley Dawson ’12
Assistant Director

Wiley Dawson ’12

History and Social Science major Wiley Dawson is the assistant director of career services at Albertus Magnus College. “While I was at Eastern, my history professors challenged me to think critically and come up with creative ways to solving problems. They prepared me to be nimble and versatile, which has proved useful in both my personal and professional lives.”

Joe Garzone ’15
Peace Corps

Joe Garzone ’15

Joe spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, teaching English and computer skills. “I learned it takes a well-rounded person to be successful in the Peace Corps. My experiences at Eastern inside and outside the classroom prepared me well.” Joe is now a building management specialist in New York and has applied to master’s degree programs in international affairs and development.

Adam Murphy ’18
Fulbright Scholar

Adam Murphy ’18

Adam won a Fulbright scholarship to study the Indonesian language on the island of Java, Indonesia. “I’m honored to have been selected for such an amazing program, which enabled me to continue learning about Indonesia and its wonderful people.” Murphy is now in a master’s program in public policy at the University of Connecticut.