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History Major

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Why Study History?

Everything that happens today is influenced by or a direct result of the human history that precedes it. Historians identify and comment on social and historical trends so that current and future generations can learn from the past. History students develop invaluable skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking and a broad cultural awareness.

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Why Study History at Eastern?

History majors at Eastern learn to understand the historical background of modern society, politics, economy and culture. They cultivate active skills in research and writing that help them prepare for graduate school and careers in education, law, government, journalism and many other professions. Eastern is the only Connecticut state university with a digital history lab. A History minor is available to non-History majors.

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  • The American Studies concentration in the History major allows students to pursue interests in American society and culture. They can choose from a variety of courses in U.S. history and literature, art, political science, sociology and other disciplines that study the United States in its broadest aspects.

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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.

History Club
Students and Professor in Jordan

Study Abroad

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

Global Field Courses
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History 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.

Career Options

  • Education
  • Public History
  • Publishing/Media
  • Libraries
  • Government
  • Foreign Service
  • Politics
  • Law/Law Enforcement
  • Business

Successful Alumni

Eastern’s History graduates have developed successful careers in government, foreign policy, business, journalism, and in public history settings and libraries. Others are employed as teachers in public and private schools throughout Connecticut. Many History students choose to attend graduate school to continue their education in a variety of fields.

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Alumni Testimonials

Quanece Williams ’16
Cornell University

Quanece Williams ’16

Political Science and History double major Quanece Williams ’16 is entering her final year of law school at Cornell University. She is an Honors Fellow in the Lawyering Program. “My Eastern experience was transformative. As a student, I took rigorous courses, conducted research in the History and Political Science Departments, served as a teacher’s assistant, and went on a global field course to Europe. At Eastern, I learned to think critically, seize new opportunities and strengthen my leadership skills. The Eastern community continues to support me and will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

Morgan Considine ’16

Morgan Considine ’16

Morgan is a data and policy analyst with the Connecticut School Finance Project, an organization that provides nonpartisan information about education finance to state and local governments. “History is intertwined with a lot of subjects, including government. Government analyses are done from a historical perspective; we want to understand what’s been done in the past in order to inform decision making in the present.”

Alex Cross ’12
Residential Life

Alex Cross ’12

Alex is the associate dean of student life at American International College in Springfield, MA. “My experiences as a double major and resident assistant (RA) led me to a job in the career field I wanted, helped me develop lifelong mentors, and made me marketable across the field.”

Zachary Marotte ’14
Tsunami Tsolutions

Zachary Marotte ’14

Zachary is a technical records analyst at Tsunami Tsolutions. “My history degree taught me to question every source of information I receive for accuracy. It also gave me the ability to look for trends in metadata so that my analysis is more complete.”

Adam Brzozowski ’08
Research Analytics

Adam Brzozowski ’08

Adam earned his MBA at Quinnipiac University and is the vice president of data insights and analytics at LogistiCare. “Studying history has helped me to see the world from a multicultural perspective that spans different time periods. The past is filled with examples of how and how not to lead people. I often draw on these lessons when trying to imagine a different future.”

Tyler Hinde ’16
Peace Corps

Tyler Hinde ’16

History major Tyler Hinde is teaching English in Indonesia as a Peace Corps volunteer. “Eastern’s history program taught me to evaluate information for bias, relevance, accuracy and more. I learned about historical events and time periods and developed my written and oral communication skills. All of these qualities have helped me succeed as a student and a teacher.”

Miles Wilkerson ’15
Postdoctoral Fellow

Miles Wilkerson ’15

History major Miles Wilkerson received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is a graduate fellow. “Eastern’s history program offered unparalleled mentorship, training and community. I may not have been able to attend one of the world's top graduate research schools if not for this special university.”