Southeastern welcomes students back for the start of classes this week while we continue to keep all faculty, staff and students who are not yet able to make it to campus in our thoughts as the region works to recover from devastating flooding.
We attempted to reach ALL our students in recent days, but we realize communication has been difficult, if not impossible for some. If you are just now able to see this message, please contact so we can have a better understanding of your status and work with you so you can attain your educational goals.


Workforce Ready

Our students learn to read intelligently, think analytically, accurately assess past trends, rationally predict future developments and understand the real world. History graduate students Nick Brilleaux and Scott Caro won a Student Emmy Award in 2014 for their documentary film, McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival.


History and Political Science

Welcome to the Department of History and Political Science. We invite you to take a closer look at our outstanding faculty, broad selection of courses and the many opportunities we offer for learning outside the traditional classroom setting.

We have a lot to offer, whether you plan to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science, or Social Studies Education, or any of our available graduate and minor programs. Many of our faculty members have national reputations for their scholarship. Our classes are relatively small in size but are dynamic in character.

Our many extracurricular and outreach programs are both educational and entertaining. And most importantly, our graduates are successful in a broad variety of occupations working as lawyers, public officials, university professors, schoolteachers, business people, and in many other fields.


  • Study Abroad programs include Austria, Britain, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy and Spain

  • Our faculty members have international reputations for scholarship

  • Special events throughout the year include the 'Then and Now' Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series

  • Available undergraduate internships in Political Science and graduate internships in Public History, as well as Graduate Assistantships for M.A. candidates



The Department of History and Political Science has brought $2 million in grants to Southeastern Louisiana University in the last decade!



Award Winning Faculty

Charles Elliott (pictured) recieved the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Individual Achievement Award in 2012; Samuel Hyde the President's Award for Excellence in Research in 2014; Dr. Harry Laver the Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year researching and teaching at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth in 2013-14.