About the Department

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:

  • History

  • Political Science

  • Social Studies Education

  • provides Pre-Law preparation for undergraduates

The department offers the following undergraduate minors:

  • African-American Studies

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Philosophy

  • Political Science

  • Public History

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

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