About the Department

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 academic conferences.
  • 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.