May 30, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


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Department Chairperson: Dr. Kurt H. Hackemer
Graduate Director: Dr. David I. Burrow

The Department of History
East Hall
414 East Clark Street
Vermilion, SD 57069
(605) 677-5218 



Steven J. Bucklin, Ph.D., University of Iowa. Specialization: Modern U.S., Diplomatic, Cold War, Vietnam.
Kurt H. Hackemer, Ph.D., Texas A & M University. Specialization: 19th-Century U.S., Military, and Civil War.
Clayton Lehmann, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Specialization: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Associate Professors:

Scott Breuninger, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Specialization: European Intellectual, Early Modern, Modern British, Irish, and Atlantic.
David I. Burrow, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Specialization: Russia and Modern Europe.
Molly P. Rozum, Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Specialization: U.S. Women, Great Plains and Canadian Borderlands, South Dakota.

Assistant Professors:

Sara E. Lampert, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Specialization: 19th-Century U.S., Women and Gender, Popular Culture.


Master of Arts in History

Program Description

The Department of History offers the only graduate program in History in the state of South Dakota. Students can focus on a variety of areas in American and European History.  Library holdings for graduate research are especially strong in regional, Native American, and 20th-Century United States history. Opportunities exist for Master’s students to present papers at the annual Student History Conference. Students already enrolled in the School of Law may pursue a joint M.A./J.D. degree.


  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better based on 4.0 scale, from an accredited institution, is required for full admission.
  • The GRE General test is required; the score is considered along with the other application materials.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate History course work (12 hours of which must be upper division).
  • Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Graduate transfer credits are limited to six hours and must be approved by the Department. 

Academic Standards

The History Department adheres to the academic standards and measures of progress set forth by the Graduate School.


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