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About Our Program

Welcome to the Graduate Programs in History at SIU Carbondale. We offer a Master of Arts in History and a Ph.D. in Historical Studies. We are partners with the History faculty at SIU Edwardsville in a Cooperative Ph.D. program in Historical Studies: students take classes and work with faculty at both institutions. For more information, contact Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ras Michael Brown.

The History Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale provides personalized mentoring and rigorous training in diverse methods for researching, writing, and teaching history. Our students learn to collect and interpret evidence, advance historical debates, create new knowledge, and communicate their ideas through both written and oral expression. Our graduates go on to successful careers in the fields of education, law, business, and government and contribute to the social, civic, and economic vitality of our region, state, nation, and world.

SIU Carbondale has an excellent research library and is a member of the I-Share inter library loan system. We are a member of the Newberry Consortium, a group of universities with special privileges at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Our programs stress original research, and also provide excellent teacher-training.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Master’s program have gone on to Ph.D. programs in History, American Studies, and Religious Studies as well as Law School at institutions including Florida State, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, and Northern Arizona University. Graduates of our M.A. and Ph.D. programs work in academia (Delaware State, Fresno State, Indiana University East, John A. Logan College, Nashville State, Rend Lake College, Pensacola State, Tennessee State, University of Ghana) and beyond, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in educational administration, in federal and state government positions and as corporate researchers.