Mississippi State University
Dept. of History
PO Box H
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5508
Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History; History of Science and Technology; Civil War and Gender; International Security/Internal Safety; U.S. Race Relations; and U.S. South
Mississippi State University offers doctoral degrees in U.S. and European history. It has supplemented its traditional specialties of southern, Civil War, African American and gender history with nodes of excellence in international security/internal safety; history of science and technology; and agricultural, rural, and environmental history. Each doctoral student must take a field in one of those three nodes of excellence. It is anticipated that most dissertations will intersect with at least one of these three nodes of excellence.
Special Programs or Resources
The Mitchell Memorial Library houses numerous manuscript and microform collections and electronic resources. Of particular note is the Consortium for the History of Agricultural and Rural Mississippi, a collection of newspapers, journals, federal and state reports, and oral history dealing with rural life in the state. Also of interest are the papers of long serving Congressmen and political leaders in Mississippi and surrounding areas, including U.S. Senator John C. Stennis and Representative Sonny Montgomery. MSU is a partner and repository for the United States Army's War on Terror Oral History Project. The U.S. Grant Papers are currently located here.
The history department awards teaching assistantships to incoming graduate students on a competitive basis. It also offers dissertation fellowships to assist doctoral students at that stage of their studies.
The department expects students to have completed at least 60 hours of course work beyond the bachelor's degree. Credit earned in a master's degree program at Mississippi State or elsewhere may be included in these hours if appropriate to the candidate's doctoral fields and acceptable to the student's graduate committee.
Information from Department of Education
(Includes information on the size, location, and general characteristics of faculty and student body)
Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
(Includes rating of the institution's rating of the graduate instructional program and size and setting)
Full-time Faculty: 21
Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: Medium [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 31
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 10
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: 71%
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 56
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Medium [Explain]
First PhD conferred: 1962
History PhDs conferred to Date: 204
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12): 2
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: Small [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012