History Scholars

The History Scholars Program brings together the undergraduate majors in History who have the highest GPAs for the purpose of enriching their experience in the major. Our professors are eager to provide research opportunities to motivated students, and the department keen to foster relationships between the faculty, undergraduates and alumni of Michigan State who have gone on to successful careers.

The Scholars Program offers many opportunities for history majors, such as:
Active participation in department events, especially with visiting historians

  • Working with a faculty mentor
  • Possibility of working as a paid research assistant with department faculty
  • For students writing theses, possibility of up to $1000 in research funding
  • Assistance in obtaining internships with alumni in law, business, or government
  • Admission into an advanced seminar in historical methods
  • Biannual meetings with the Honors Advisor, department chairperson and other representatives about the history major and the scholars program

Entrance into the Scholars Program is by application. Scholars must have a 3.5 GPA in History, and a 3.5 GPA overall. Qualified students should submit a PID, e-mail addresses, and a list of the history courses (and instructor names) they have taken at MSU to the program advisor, Professor Liam Brockey (brockey [at] msu [dot] edu). In addition, applicants must send a one-paragraph essay explaining why they seek to admission and request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of History.

Up to a total of 15 students can be in the program at any given time. Scholars must reapply annually (at the start of the academic year).