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Graduate Studies in History

In 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.

The 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.

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Program: 

  • A Bachelorís 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 is required.

  • A minimum 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 scoring system).

  • Demonstration 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.

  • To be 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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HGSA President Amanda Allen,

HGSA Vice President Caroline Armbruster,


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Students 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.

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