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We provide many opportunities studying abroad in the Isles of Greece and archeological digs.

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.

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Graduate Student Pierre Research Trip

The University of South Dakota offers the only master of arts degree in history in South Dakota. USD’s faculty are active scholars who work closely with graduate students as they develop their own research programs, and the History Department takes its responsibility to develop the next generation of historians very seriously. That means learning to work with the primary source materials that form the basis of any serious research project.

We believes that hands-on exposure to archivists and archival holdings is an invaluable teaching tool. To that end, it has integrated a multi-day research trip to the State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society into the required first-year Research Methods course. Graduate students travel to Pierre to learn how an archive works, meet archivists and use the State Historical Society’s holdings to begin conducting their own original research on a wide variety of regional topics. The lessons they learn in Pierre teach them the essential skills they will need to conduct similar research in other regional, national and international archives.

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.

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.