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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
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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

Adam Brzozowski ’08
Research Analytics

Adam Brzozowski ’08

Adam Brzozowski, who triple majored in History, Economics and Political Science, is the associate director of research analytics at C Space. “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
Ph.D. Student

Miles Wilkerson ’15

History major Miles Wilkerson is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin. “Eastern’s history program offered unparalleled mentorship, training and community. I may not be attending one of the world's top graduate research schools if not for this special university.”