The study of history helps you better understand the context of the events you see in the news and fosters an enjoyment of our interconnected, globalized world history. Our History Program coursework involves training in the use of historical sources as a means for developing skills in critical analysis, a spirit of inquiry and open-mindedness.

Beyond the importance of knowing our past, a historical approach to problem-solving modern-day events is appreciated in teaching, law, journalism, politics, the ministry, and civil or diplomatic services or business.

In this program, you will choose coursework from U.S., European, and non-Western areas for study. We also offer specialized courses on topics including history as depicted in film and fiction, diplomatic history, and military studies.

If you plan to teach history, we also offer a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies with an emphasis in history with licensure to teach at the secondary (high school) level. If you’re interested in elementary or special education study, you also have the option to add an endorsement social studies through the College of Education and Technology.

Additionally, we have a history minor available.

Special Services and Opportunities for History Majors

We are committed to responsible academic advising. Our faculty are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission to the programs they advise. Students in History often compete successfully for internship opportunities in governmental and non-governmental agencies, have studied abroad for one or more semesters and actively seek mentorship in their future fields.

Majors in history from ENMU have achieved considerable success in graduate study, law, business, government service, as educators, and in a wide variety of fields in business, including information technology and others.

History Program Student Involvement Opportunities

ENMU's History Guild offers majors and minors in history an opportunity to share your appreciation of historical study with your fellow students and with the wider University and Portales-area communities.

Additional Degree Information

You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science or Arts in History degree, including the courses you will take when you're a history major at Eastern.


Dale Streeter

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Associate Professor of History/Dept. Chair of History, Social Sciences and Religion

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 127C

Phone: 575.562.2510