Department ofHistory


Student Journal Wins National Recognition

The September 2015 issue of Historical Perspectives, the student-edited department journal that features essays written by students for SCU courses, has received national recognition. It was awarded second place in the 2016 Gerald D. Nash History Journal Competition conducted by Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society. In a letter to the SCU chapter moderator Prof. Harry Odamtten, Phi Alpha Theta’s national director stated that our chapter "stands as an example to the more than 960 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta. The time and effort required to produce a historical Journal is immense, and your willingness to undertake this task and maintain such a high standard of quality proves the dedication of you and your students to the study of history."

The two student editors of the journal were very pleased to learn of the award and they both insisted that the honor reflected the excellent work characteristic of SCU’s history students. Co-editor Ramsey Fisher said, “It was an honor to be an editor as a senior. I think the journal says a lot about the department's track record of training students to research interesting ideas rigorously, and to write with precision. I was blown away by the quality of writing and research my colleagues had completed, and can't wait to see where the journal goes in the coming years.” Co-editor Sally Ulmer concurred. She stated, “From senior theses to class research papers, the student work that was submitted to the 2015 edition of Historical Perspectives showcases the talents and unique interests of students, as well as the vast subject matter of courses offered by the SCU History Department. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and editing the submissions of fellow students!”

Coming Soon! The latest volume of Historical Perspectives will be published in December 2016. Historical Perspectives is also in the process of being digitized, and will soon be available online thanks to the University Library’s Scholar Commons. Current and future volumes as well as many back issues of the journal will be accessible. We'll let you know when the link becomes live.

The submission deadline for this year's volume will be late May, Spring Quarter 2017.

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