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  Jul 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]


Lacy K. Ford Jr., Chair

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The Department of History at the University of South Carolina strives to achieve the highest standards of excellence in both conventional and applied history fields. A traditionally excellent Southern history department is complemented by a strong faculty that provides graduates and undergraduates a wide variety of American, European, and non-Western fields and periods from ancient to modern. The public history program is among the best in the nation and prepares graduate students for the museum, archival, and historic preservation job markets.

Subject to funding, financial assistance is offered by way of a limited number of  renewable graduate assistantships each year.

Provided there is sufficient funding, the department awards several research assistantships to advanced doctoral students. Further, the department makes several postdoctoral appointments (of no more than one year) to new Ph.D.s, to give them experience teaching upper-division undergraduate courses in their major field.

Graduate students receiving assistantships from the department are entitled to reduced fees (including tuition) regardless of residence status. Those who hold assistantships for the spring semester or have letters of notification for the fall semester are entitled to reduced fees during the summer terms.


The history department admits students once a year, in April, although accepted students ordinarily begin work in the fall, with approval from the graduate committee, they may defer enrollment for up to one year. Completed applications shall be received by The Graduate School no later than January 5 of the year they are to be considered.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, there were 180 applicants for our graduate programs; 21 enrolled (ten in the Ph.D. program and 11 in the M.A. in Public History program). This class has an average GRE score of 1220 on two of the three components of the exam and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.50.

Incoming Ph.D. students who hold a master’s degree from another university must complete our M.A. requirements or demonstrate that they have completed similar course work. The Graduate Committee normally takes previous graduate work in history into account, which may speed the student’s progress toward the doctorate.

A student who intends to take both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina shall be advised that the M.A. program (including the thesis and comprehensive examination) shall be completed, and the student shall otherwise be qualified as outlined herein, before proceeding to the Ph.D. program.

Degree Programs

Degrees offered include the M.A. in History, M.A. in Public History, and the Ph.D. in History. In addition, a joint master’s program in library and information science and public history is offered.For more information visit: Public History / Library and Information Science, M.A. / M.L.I.S.  The Department of History also oversees the Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management.

No more than 6 hours of courses in either the M.A. or PhD. programs may be taken at the 600 level.  All other courses shall be at the 700 or 800 level. Courses taken at the 800 level may be repeated but only with permission of the Committee on Graduate Studies.  Thesis or dissertation research and writing courses (799 and 899) may be taken as many times as deemed necessary by the student’s advisor and with the approval of the Committee on Graduate Studies.

No courses that counted toward the M.A. can be used in the Ph.D. program.