History Graduate Student Association

Academic and Professional Development

Works in Progress (WIPS): Present your current work before peers and professors for constructive feedback. Panels typically held twice per year. Contact Dr. Long with interest.

Annual CV Workshop: Encouraged for all graduate students, and a prerequisite for mock interviews. Students submit CVs and receive feedback from professors. Internal HGSA workshops can also be arranged.

Annual Mock Interviews: A committee of professors will conduct a full campus interview for graduate students who sign up in advance. Students will receive critique on their performance in the interview as well as on their CVs. Open to all graduate students, and especially recommended for advanced students.

Conference Committee: Professional development through programming experience. Prospective members can join the committee by contacting the chair. The conference requires tremendous planning, fundraising, and interdepartmental coordination efforts, all valuable professional experiences. Newer students are encouraged to begin observing and participating early, so as to learn leadership roles from experienced committee members.

Panels by Request: HGSA members offer a variety of potentially helpful experiences, from preparing conference presentations, to publishing and editorial insight from publications such as Civil War Book Review, to simply writing at the graduate level. Ideas and requests for talks and panels can be made by contacting any HGSA officer.

Modern History Colloquium

Fleming Lecture Series

Graduate Degree Programs

LSU offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in US, British, European, and Latin American history. Students may also elect a minor field in Asian history. The thesis-option M.A. requires 30 semester hours of credit, including six hours of thesis credit, and a research thesis. The non-thesis M.A. (considered a terminal degree) requires 36 hours of course work and passing the M.A. comprehensive examination. All coursework must be taken on campus; the History department does not offer graduate courses online or through distance-learning. The department, in conjunction with the School of Library and Information Science, offers a dual degree program in which a student can earn a Master’s of Art degree in History and a Master’s of Library Science and Information degree simultaneously with the completion of 64 hours. A separate application to the School of Library and Information Science is necessary. The Ph.D. program requires two minor fields, a general examination, and a dissertation. Ph.D. candidates in American and British history must prove reading competency in at least one foreign language; each candidate in other concentrations must demonstrate proficiency in two.

The LSU graduate program in History has an excellent job placement record despite the difficulties of the current market. Recent PhD graduates have gained employment at institutions such as North Dakota State University, University of Scranton, Delta State University, The Joseph Smith Papers, West Point, University of Texas Permian Basin, Brewton-Parker College, and University of Mobile. Additionally, graduates who have pursued a career in secondary education teach at some of the top school systems in the state, including Episcopal of Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish. Recent MA graduates have metriculated to presitgious doctoral programs including Duke University, University of Pittsburgh, and Purdue University.

Admission: Students applying for entrance to the Graduate School must submit an application for Graduate Admission. This must be submitted on-line (http://gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu). The application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee. Students must submit their score on the GRE. In addition, official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and a writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages should also be submitted online as supporting materials. For admission or advancement to the Ph.D. program, an M.A. in History is required. Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials. The entire application, including all supporting materials, must be submitted via the LSU Graduate School’s online application website. Hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate School admissions office. To be considered for fellowships and assistantships for the fall semester, applications must be submitted by FEBRUARY 1, although applications submitted after that date but before May 1 may also be considered. The department does not accept applications for spring admission.

For degree requirements, please consult the LSU General Catalog or the Graduate Program Description on the Department website. Please direct any other questions to the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Alecia Long.











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