Department of History

Graduate Studies

  Richard Schneirov, Graduate Coordinator
(812) 237-2719
Contact information for current graduate students

Procedural Guidelines for History Department graduate students

Department of History Graduate Handbook

Eastern Illinois University - Indiana State University Graduate Student Symposium

 2010  Symposium Information


The master's degree programs in the Department of History are designed to fulfill a variety of academic and professional objectives. The program facilitates preparation for entry into doctoral programs in history and for teaching at the university, community college, and secondary levels. Graduate work in history also provides an excellent background for careers in law, theology, business, government service, and writing, and for specialized work as a museum curator, librarian, archivist, editor, historic site specialist, and research historian.  

Normally broad in its academic scope, the master's degree program in history is also sufficiently flexible to permit a diversity of programs tailored to meet the needs of individual students.  

Teacher and StudentsAreas of Graduate Study 
Concentrations in United States history, European history and history of the wider world are also available at the master's level. Within these fields, students may pursue interests in a number of areas, including:  women's history; cultural, social, and political history; Atlantic and Mediterranean/Middle Eastern history; and interdisciplinary work with the Women's Studies and African and African American Studies Programs. A formal concentration in labor and reform movements in the United States is also available.

Admission Requirements 
A bachelor of arts in history or a cognate discipline is required. Prospective students need to complete the application package for the School of Graduate Studies. 

Teacher and Student

They should also send a writing sample to the Department of History and two letters of reference.  It is recommended that the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination be taken prior to admission.

Financial Aid
Graduate assistantships are awarded each year to outstanding applicants.  Job description for Graduate Assistants.  Grants, loans, and work-study programs are also available.

Application materials for graduate assistantship/scholarship.

Debs Fellowships
Indiana State University, through the Department of History, also awards the Gertrude and Theodore Debs memorial Fellowships to study in the history of American labor and reform movements.  Awarded annually, renewable for a second year, each fellowship is valued at approximately $8,000 per year, and recipients also may apply for a tuition waiver.  Up to two fellowships are awarded each year.

Application materials for Gertrude and Theodore Debs Memorial Fellowships.

Library Resources
The Cunningham Memorial Library contains over two-and-a-half million items, including approximately one million books and nearly 1,500 current periodical subscriptions.  The library provides electronic access to 22,000 full-text journals and magazines.  Among the library’s manuscript holdings are the papers of Eugene V. Debs.  It serves also as a United States Government Depository Library, and is especially strong in American history, Midwest and regional culture, and the history of labor and socialism.

Student Housing
A variety of housing facilities, including on-campus residence halls and off-campus apartments of various sizes, are available at reasonable prices.

The University
The student population of Indiana State University is composed of approximately 11,000 students of which over 2,000 are graduate students. The graduate student population is very diversified, with students from all 50 states and from 82 countries.

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.