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The Isles of Greece

Each summer, Professors Clayton Lehmann and Brennan Jordan offer an interdisciplinary sailing and study tour in Greece for undergraduate and graduate students. This course introduces students to a variety of aspects of life in Greece over the five millennia from the Bronze Age to our own time. Topics include history, literature, geology, religion, philosophy, ethnography, marine biology, archaeology and cultural resources management. Sailing and hiking, lectures and readings, snorkeling and diving, visits to sites and museums, conversations with faculty and fellow students, student reports, encounters with our Greek hosts and travel diaries will provide opportunities for students to acquire information and reflect on their experiences. In particular, the nautical life will give students a sense of the Greek islands as the Greeks saw them in an age before mechanized travel: from the sea in sailing vessels. For further information and instructions for application, see Dr. Lehmann's Website.

The Cash Collection

The Dr. Joseph H. Cash Collection is a library of over 4,000 volumes on North American frontier history with special emphasis on South Dakota's American Indians, mining and western literature. Housed in the Institute of American Indian Studies, it is available for use by students and researchers.

American School of Classical Studies

USD is a corporate member of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, which provides our students opportunities for summer study in Greece. Two sessions, directed by the School's Gertrude Smith professors, are conducted annually. These sessions are designed for students who wish to complement their training in the language and literature of ancient Greece with an introduction to the country and its monuments. Housing and meals for participants are provided by the school. Enrollment in each session is limited to 20 students. Students interested in this program should consult with Professor Clayton Lehmann.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1921 "to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history." Today, there are more than 785 chapters, nationally and internationally.

Membership Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (four courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall and be in the top 35 percent of the class. Membership is not limited to History majors.
  • Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours toward their master's degree, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30 percent of the residence requirements for the master's degree.

The Society publishes The Historian, a distinguished quarterly with articles written by members with interests in all fields of History. It also contains numerous reviews of scholarly books and other items of interest. The Historian is one of the most widely circulated scholarly historical journals published in the United States.

Zeta Mu Chapter was formed at USD in 1957, and since that time has inducted over 550 members. Professor Scott Breuninger is the faculty advisor for the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Majors are inducted into Phi Alpha Theta at the awards banquet each spring. 

Student History Conference

Each spring the department hosts the Phi Alpha Theta regional Student History Conference, where students from area colleges and universities present and critique papers as is done at a professional history conference. For more information on the Student History Conference, contact Professor Clayton Lehmann (605-677-5573).