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US National Archives & Library of Congress

Classes in this program meet on the Texas State University campus during the summer semester and include a required field trip to study at the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress.


2018 Program Cancelled

Class:   Meets regularly during the summer semester 

Required:   Field trip to the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress 

Pre-trip Orientation Meetings will take place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos. 

What You Will Learn

After an orientation on Texas State University campus during the 2018 summer semester, the course offers fourteen-day field trip to Washington DC for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to carry out original research among the unique documents at the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress.

This program offers students in the Department of History a variety of research opportunities and site visits that will enrich their understanding of U.S. and global history. This Study-in-America program gives student-researchers the support they need to initiate and carry out their own research at the U.S. National Archives.

Students enrolled in Texas State's College of Liberal Arts' undergraduate and graduate programs in Diversity Studies, English, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's and Gender History, as well as the Honors College, can benefit from this opportunity. This HIST 4399 course meets History Department requirements for a capstone seminar, and can be taken for graduate credit.

Our accommodation is in College Park, Maryland, with transportation service provided to the Archives I and II facilities in Washington, D.C. College Park is also home to the University of Maryland's flagship campus, ensuring that university services (dormitory housing, cafeteria services, medical facilities) are available away from home. During the program, students will have access to the University of Maryland's outstanding McKeldin Library, as well as the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress

In addition to its millions of published works, the Library of Congress has more than sixty million manuscript items available in its 11,000 separate collections, with a strong focus on American history and culture. Collections include the oral histories collected by the WPA Federal Writers Project, including the Slave Narratives and Folklore Projects; 23 Presidential Papers collections, including collections for Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln; scrapbooks kept by the Women's Suffrage movement; folk music records; early films of jazz records; the records of the Confederate States of America; the papers of John J. Pershing, U.S. Commander in Chief during World War I; and the personal papers of Rosa Parks, Wilbur and Orville Wright, William T. Sherman, Lewis Carroll, and Walt Whitman.

Admission is selective, and space is limited.

Course Option

HIST 4399  Senior Seminar CRN TBD

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit: TBD

Program Fee: TBD

Program fee covers lodging (including WiFi and linens), breakfast and dinner, transportation to and from airport, and transportation to and from National Archives each day.

A free shuttle for researchers connects Archives II, in College Park MD, and the Library of Congress, in downtown DC.

Important Note: Personal expenses and airfare are not included in the Program Fee.

Course tuition and the Program Fee will be billed to your regular Texas State account and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Non-Texas State Students

Enrollment in this program and course does not require official admission to Texas State University. The program is open to all who meet departmental and course prerequisites and Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) requirements. In addition, Texas law requires that all students under 22 years of age must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before enrollment. If you are already a residential student at a Texas higher education institution, you likely already satisfied this requirement, although Texas State University requires proof; more information is available from the Texas State Meningitis Vaccination Requirement page.

Transferring Course Credit to Another Institution

Texas State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Therefore, credit earned at Texas State is accepted by most institutions of higher education. However, you should consult your school before enrolling in this program to ensure that, upon successful completion of the course and program, credit earned will transfer and apply to your degree program at your specific institution.

Applying to the Program

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.

Registering for Course

You must register for your academic course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Bishop.

For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.