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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

  • 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