About the Department of History and Political Science
- The Department of History and Political Science (HIPS) is unsurpassed among academic
departments at Southeastern Louisiana University in scholarship, teaching, and service.
- It is one of eight academic departments in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social
Sciences (AHSS), the most diverse college at Southeastern Louisiana University.
- The department has 25 full-time faculty members in the disciplines of History, Philosophy,
and Political Science, many of whom have national reputations as scholars. Faculty
have won awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service; produced a host
of scholarly publications; secured over a million dollars in grants; and held various
endowed chairs and professorships.
- The department offers three baccalaureate degrees - the Bachelor of Arts in History,
the B.A. in Political Science, and the B.A. in Social Studies Education - and provides
Pre-Law preparation for undergraduates.
- The department offers six undergraduate minors - in African-American Studies, History,
International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, or Public History.
- The department offers a Master of Arts in History with a Thesis Option (recommended
for students planning to pursue doctoral studies), a Non-Thesis Option (recommended
for Social Studies teachers seeking additional credentials), and a Public History
Option (recommended for those interested in working in archives, museums, historical
parks and other sites, and so on).
- The department is part of a university Area of Excellence in Creative Arts and Cultural
Studies along with the Department of English, the Department of Music and Dramatic
Arts, and the Department of Visual Arts.
- The department is closely affiliated with three major on-campus research entities,
the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, the Florida Parishes Social Science Research
Center, and the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station.
- The department has a longstanding relationship with the university’s Honors Program
and offers a variety of curricular tracks for earning an Honors diploma.
- The department offers undergraduate internships in Political Science and graduate
internships in Public History, as well as Graduate Assistantships for M.A. candidates.
- The department participates in a variety of Study Abroad programs, including Austria,
France, Italy, Spain, and Latin America.
- The department sponsors Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and the History
Club. Candidates for the BA and MA in History regularly represent Southeastern at
- The department sponsors or co-sponsors a number of special events during the year
- the Constitution Day Lecture (September), the “Then and Now” Fanfare History and
Politics Lecture Series (October), the Veterans Day Lecture (November), the Southeast
Louisiana Historical Association Winter Meeting (December), Black History Month (February),
Women’s History Month (March), the Region VIII Social Studies Fair (March), the Matheny
Lectures in Science and Religion (April), the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association
Spring Meeting (May), and the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium (June).
- The department currently offers special opportunities for Region II Social Studies
teachers to earn graduate credit (including the M.A. in History), continuing learning
units (CLUs), and “highly qualified” status under a U.S. Department of Education Teaching
American History Grant.
- The HIPS department office is at 1205 North Oak Street in Fayard Hall, Room 335, with
faculty offices and the AHSS office conveniently nearby on the third floor and classrooms
on the first and second floors. Fayard Hall - a modern classroom/office building equipped
with the latest technology - is next door to the War Memorial Student Union and a
short walk across the quadrangle from the Sims Memorial Library.