The Department of History and Political Science 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 with 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 in the following areas of study:
Social Studies Education
provides Pre-Law preparation for undergraduates
The department offers the following undergraduate minors:
We offer a Master of Arts in History with a Thesis Option (for students planning to pursue doctoral studies), a Non-Thesis Option ( for Social Studies teachers seeking additional credentials), and a Public History Option (for those interested in working in archives, museums, historical parks and other sites).
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 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 department is closely affiliated with the following research entities:
the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies
the Florida Parishes Social Science Research Center
Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station
The following events are sponsors or co-sponsors by the department:
the Constitution Day Lecture in September
the “Then and Now” Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series in October
the Veterans Day Lecture in November
the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association Winter Meeting in December
Black History Month in February
Women's History Month in March
the Region VIII Social Studies Fair in March
The Matheny Lectures in Science and Religion in April
The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association Spring Meeting in May
The Deep Delta Civil War Symposium in June