Passion. Commitment. Opportunity.

In our department, you will find all of these, and more. Our small class sizes and award-winning faculty mean that you will receive the personal attention and warm community support that become the keys to future success. Our courses challenge you to think critically and introduce you to times and civilizations that will fire your imagination. Our commitment to your education extends beyond the classroom, and our students often gain real-world experience through internships and advanced projects even before they graduate. A history degree from Southeast will help you build a future you may never even have dreamed about — until now.

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Undergraduate Degrees

We offer several programs to help you reach your goals. Our B.A. in History prepares you for a range of careers, from archivist to business executive, broadcaster to editor, manager to consultant, lawyer to writer - the opportunities are endless. For those wishing to teach at the secondary level, we also offer a B.S. in Social Studies. We are especially proud of our undergraduate Historic Preservation program, one of only a few in the nation, and our B.S. in Historic Preservation will prepare you for a variety of dynamic careers. In addition, we offer a B.A. in Social Science that allows you the flexibility to choose one major concentration and will prepare for for careers such as survey researcher, market research analyst, policy analyst, human resource manager, and social science researcher, or for those interested in careers in military service and law enforcement.

Graduate Degrees

At the graduate level, we offer 18-hour certificates in Heritage Interpretation and Historic Preservation, an M.A. in History, and an M.A. in Public History (where you can specialize in Historic Preservation or Heritage Education). Stay, browse, and explore the opportunities that we can offer you.

Welcome from the Chair

On behalf of our faculty and students, thanks for visiting the website of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.  Whether you are considering applying to Southeast, are a current student, or are a graduate of one of our programs, we’re happy you found your way here.  Especially for students who are thinking about attending college, and where to apply, I hope you consider coming to Southeast, and joining the Department of History as our one our majors.

Our department offers several excellent academic programs: a social studies degree which allows you to teach high school; a historic preservation degree with career opportunities in such places as the National Park Service, museums, archives, and historic sites; and a liberal arts degree which traditionally has been used to prepare for graduate studies, law school, or other professional opportunities.  If your primary interest is in another field, the research and writing skills developed in history also make it an excellent choice for a second major or minor. Our distinctive and nationally certified Historic Preservation program, which you can find out about in great detail elsewhere on our website, is an example of the high quality of our department.

We support the development of your own individual interests, through research and independent projects.  Our faculty members are well-prepared instructors and active scholars, encouraging students to explore history beyond the classroom.  In the department, we have professors with teaching and publication experience in a wide variety of fields, including United States history, Modern Europe, Latin America, Medieval history, the Middle East, and historic preservation. Many have earned national or international reputations, teaching awards, and other recognitions from the university and broader community.  Students enjoy not only small classes, with 20-30 students on average, but also individual attention from faculty members on research papers, projects, and experiential activities.

History majors have many opportunities outside the classroom. The History Club and the Historic Preservation Club are open to all students who want to share their common love for the past.  The Alpha Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, an international honor society in history, is one of the oldest in the nation.  The Epsilon chapter of Sigma Pi Kappa, the Historic Preservation honorary society, is the first undergraduate chapter in the country.  The Social Studies Educators’ Association works to prepare students for teaching and other opportunities in education. These student organizations hold regular meetings and sponsor a variety of events, which include guest speakers, picnics, and field trips to historic sites, professional events and academic conferences. 

We hope you find your time on this site useful; feel free to be in touch with me or other faculty members as you have questions or want to make contact.  If you are a prospective student, we hope to welcome you to Southeast and the Department of History!


Wayne H. Bowen, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of History
Southeast Missouri State University


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