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History Graduate Newsletter: Fall 2017

August 29, 2017

Dear fellow students,

I join Dr. Kirsten Gardner, Chair of the History Department, in welcoming you to the fall semester of 2017. As the new Graduate Advisor of Record, I look forward to meeting up with each of you, and learning about your goals and dreams as a graduate student in our program.

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2017 COLFA Research Conference

March 27, 2017

Congratulations to Sheena Taylor and Michael McDonald, who won prizes for the papers they delivered at this year's COLFA Research Conference! 

Sheena won 4th place in the Undergraduate category for her paper "No Mail, Low Morale: The 688th Central Postal Directory Battalion During World War II," which she wrote for Kirsten Gardner's HIS 4973 section on women in the military. 

Michael won 1st place in the Graduate category for his paper "World War I and African-American Expectations from Martial Citizenship," which he wrote for Kolleen Guy's HIS 4973 on World War I. 

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GRE Information

October 4, 2016

Dear Students,

One of our requirements is that students take the GRE exam as part of their admission process. Here is some information about the GRE in case you have questions about this part of the application.

General information about the GRE is available on-line at

The GRE is offered on an appointment basis at a variety of testing centers.  It is no longer offered on a single-day administration. Through the website provided above, GRE Test-takers create an account, choose a test center from a list, and put in a reservation/appointment to take the test on a particular day. Once you set-up your account, you should go to “Register for the General Test” and the system will ask for your zip code, giving you a range of options of testing centers in your area. Next, the test-taker must make a date and time selection for your appointment. You can choose “Find available seats in a 3 month period” or “Find available seats for a specific day.”  The website asks test-takers to book early because the slots fill up.

The application deadline at UTSA for Fall Semester is July 1. Since it takes a couple of weeks for the scores to arrive at UTSA, and for the Graduate School to process that piece of your application, the test should ideally be taken six weeks before UTSA’s deadline. 

Students sometimes ask how the GRE scores factor into our admissions process. We consider the GRE as one of many parts of the complete application, which includes your statement, your letters of recommendation, your preparation in history, and the grades that you have earned in your studies. We look at your results on the GRE as one piece of the application only.  

Hopefully this information will help you complete your application. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the GAR or the Department Staff if you have questions about the process and how to complete your remaining application requirements.

GAR: Kirsten Gardner

Department Staff info here.

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A Message from the GAR: Fall Newsletter

October 4, 2016

Dear Students,

The graduate program regularly publishes a newsletter that features profiles of UTSA History Alumni, information about upcoming conferences, and great resources for graduate students. You can read it here.

Additionally, as registration opens for the Spring semester, please feel free to call, email, or visit to discuss the best classes for your academic goals in this program.  As one note, HIS 5093 “Designing a History Course” is recommended for all those interested in Nau TA positions and fellowships.

I hope your Fall semester is going well and all the best,

Kirsten Gardner

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Catherine Clinton on Harriet Tubman

April 25, 2016

Catherine Clinton

Catherine Clinton

It was recently announced that the new twenty dollar bill would feature Harriet Tubman. As an expert in Tubman's history, our department's own Catherine Clinton was consulted by several press outlets regarding this historic announcement.

In 2005, Clinton released a book titled Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which is available here and everywhere books are sold. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew cites this book as an important influence on his decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. He discusses the book and his decision in an article by USA TODAY, featured here.

Other media outlets that have spoken to Dr. Clinton regarding her book are:



LA TIMES:  here

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