Studies in History
1936 LSU granted its first doctoral degree in history, and in the succeeding
decades the history department has produced many historians who have gone on
to enjoy distinguished careers in academia and other fields. We believe we
have an excellent, congenial department, one that provides students with a
great deal of individual attention.
Students develop close working
relationships with their faculty mentors and they explore their interests
through small graduate level seminars and independently directed study.
LSUís History Department has earned an outstanding reputation for both the
quality of its teaching and the high standards of its scholarship.
The Department is nationally and internationally recognized as a center
for the study of southern and Civil War history,
but the Department is strong
in other areas of United States historyĖin particular the history of the
early Republic, the cultural history of the twentieth century, and the
history of gender. In addition, British history, Medieval and Renaissance
studies, and the cultural and intellectual history of Modern Europe are
areas of strength. The Department also has faculty working on Latin
America, Africa, South Asia, and China, and offers minor fields in those
parts of the world as well as in world history.
history department has a good record of placing its graduates
after leaving LSU; many find teaching
positions at colleges and universities across the nation. We also have
graduates who have made careers in publishing, libraries and archives,
government service, and secondary teaching.
Admission to the Graduate Program:
degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, as
evidenced by an official transcript. For admission or
advancement to the Ph.D. program, a Master's degree in history
undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
A minimum score
on the Graduate Record Examination of 1000 combined verbal and
quantitative(300 minimum under the GREís newly revised
of sufficient writing and analytic skills in a writing sample
as well as a statement of purpose.
Evidence of the
applicantís talent and suitability in three letters of
recommendation from his/her instructors, at least two of which
should be historians.
considered for fellowships and assistantships for the fall
semester, completed applications must be submitted by February 1. The History department will not
accept any application submitted after May 1. The department
does not accept applications for Spring admission.
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Graduate Student Organization
For information on the History Graduate Student Association, go to
HGSA President Jason Wolfe,
President Spencer McBride,
to send us an e-mail requesting information on admission to the
graduate program in history and accompanying fellowships. Don't
forget to give us your "snail mail" (postal) address!
in the graduate program in history may pursue either the master's or
doctoral degree. Course work is primarily in research and reading seminars.
Ordinarily, a master's degree entails writing a thesis, although a
non-thesis option is available. The doctoral degree requires, among other
things, the writing of a dissertation.
Detailed descriptions of the Department's
degree programs may be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Computer facilities within the department
include a work area equipped with computers and printers for graduate
students. Access to the Internet and on-line databases is available at
numerous campus work stations, and over an extensive wi-fi network.
The University has extensive
research facilities, including the holdings of newspapers on microform and
government documents at Middleton Library, and the services of its
inter-library loan office. Hill Memorial Library's holdings include an
internationally recognized archival collection of antebellum southern
plantation records, as well as other special collections in the history of
Louisiana, the modern South, and Latin America. In addition, the Burden
Rural Life Museum and the Louisiana State Archives, both located near the
University, hold invaluable collections of artifacts and documents and are
readily accessible to researchers.