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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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AHA Guide to Graduate Study


The Graduate Program in History at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides a foundation for advanced study and professional development that prepares individuals for careers in teaching, law, journalism, public service, museums, and business. Students develop essential career skills, such as the ability to analyze conflicting information and viewpoints, write clearly and communicate ideas, find reliable evidence for judgments about human actions and motives, and place particular events in a broader context.

The graduate history program prepares students for future careers, for responsibilities in a democratic society, and for the challenging ambiguities that they will encounter in life no matter what they do or where they go in the world.  The courses encourage a comparative, analytical approach to diverse cultures, historical eras, social conflicts, influential ideas, and the human experience. 

Important Checkpoints

Each Semester: Students should meet regularly with their advisor, especially prior to registering for classes the following semester.

During the Second Semester of the Program: Begin plans to select an advisor for the remainder of the program. File the Plan of Study form and develop tentative schedule for program completion. Make sure that your program will meet all university and department requirements.

Beginning of Final Semester of Coursework: Meet with advisor to review Plan of Study to insure that all university and department requirements are being met. File Application for Graduation. Develop schedule for remaining courses, comprehensive exam, and thesis or alternate plan paper.

Preparing for the Comp Exam and Writing the Thesis or Alternate Paper: Stay in regular contact with your advisor through e-mails and regular meetings. Good communication will be particularly important at this stage in your program.

Research Support

Graduate Students are eligible for History Department Student Research Grants. The Grants support travel, per diem expenses, as well as the purchase of supplies or materials. Individual grants are limited to no more than $500. Research may include, but is not limited to, Alternate Plan Paper, and Thesis. Grants will be awarded twice during the academic year. Successful applicants may re-apply for a subsequent grant. For further information contact the History Department. It is recommended that applicants have their advisor review application/materials before submission.

Faculty and Resources

The Department of History’s graduate faculty of 11 professors offers courses in European, United States, Latin American, African, and Asian history. Memorial Library provides access to more than 570 full-text electronic journals.  The library has been a depository for federal documents since 1962 and of Minnesota state documents since 1958.  The M.J. Lass Center for Minnesota Studies and the Southern Minnesota Historical Center are located in the library.  Interlibrary loan service obtains books and journal articles from other libraries for MSU student and faculty research. 

Graduate Coordinator Contact Information:

Chris Corley
Department of History, AH 110
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-1618