Graduate study

Director of Graduate Education

Kathleen Hilliard Associate Professor [HIST]

ISU’s History Department takes a dynamic and flexible approach to new opportunities and challenges in the way 21st-century scholars study the past. Grounded in the land grant mission, we prepare our students with unique rigor and flexibility to become multi-skilled, outward looking professionals, ready to take up careers in academia, government, the public sphere, and private enterprise.

We build and nurture students from diverse backgrounds in a wide range of fields and methods, preparing them to recognize emerging questions and take up rewarding professional careers.


Graduate Learning Goals for History

These goals apply equally to students seeking an MA or PhD degree, although expectations for appropriate mastery in various areas will be higher for PhD-seeking students.

1. Demonstrate appropriate command of scholarly literature in particular areas of historical study as well as an understanding of basic methodologies of historical study in general.

2. Develop research projects that expand historical knowledge and understanding in particular areas.

3. Conduct research and interpret results appropriately, integrating them into existing disciplinary knowledge.

4. Communicate research findings effectively in both oral and written form, and through the use of other media when appropriate, to a variety of audiences.

5. Exhibit professionalism and correct ethical practices in scholarship and other professional conduct.

6. Cultivate an awareness of the full range of career options available to historians and the applicability of historical knowledge in diverse contexts.