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Historical Studies Journal

What Is the Historical Studies Journal?

Click here ​to see a copy of the 2014 Historical Studies Journal.​​

The University of Colorado Denver History Department has supported and produced the Historical Studies Journal each year since 1983 to provide students with opportunities to participate in publishing and editing professional history papers as part of our individual and collective paths toward becoming historians. 

Writing papers for submission, walking through the editing process as an author, and editing papers produced by others allows students to develop and practice skill sets that are vital to any career in history.


The Journal also serves as a department-wide portfolio of our students' best work. The papers published in our past issues of the Journal display the level of work our students have been capable of producing. 

This year we are beginning a special effort to broaden the scope of subjects included in the Journal. We will continue this effort throughout future years. We believe the Journal should reflect the many areas of historical focus our department supports and inspire our students to strive for excellence.

We welcome all students and faculty to engage in this exciting opportunity.

Ways Students Can Get Involved

Students are invited to participate in the Journal in one of three ways.

1) Write great papers!

Who is eligible?

All undergraduate and graduate history students enrolled at University of Colorado Denver.

What's involved?

A professor who assigned a paper as a class requirement will approach you about submitting it on your behalf, with your permission, if he or she feels that your paper is strong enough to warrant submission to the Journal for review. Though individual professors must formally submit your paper, if you know you would like to have a paper published in the Journal, speak with your professor, early and often, throughout your research and writing process. Let your professor know that you are hoping to write a paper that could be submitted and, potentially, published. Your professor will usually have excellent ideas to offer as you work toward this goal.

Expected time commitment:

As much time as it takes to write a great paper. You are already engaging in this process if you are hoping to achieve a good grade. So why not strive to make your paper strong enough for submission at the same time?

2) Become an Assistant Editor

Who is eligible?

All graduate history students enrolled at University of Colorado Denver.

What's involved?

Assistant editors help read submissions and vote on which papers will be published. They partner individually with the author of the paper to which they have been assigned. They also attend two to three short workshops offered by the UC Denver Writing Center. These workshops help our editorial team build and maintain consistency in guiding authors through the editing process. Working as an Assistant Editor is a great way to develop and apply your skills as a historian. You will have the satisfaction of helping a fellow student walk through the process of preparing his or her paper for publication. And you will be able to include your experience with the Journal on future resumes, applications for grants and scholarships, etc.

Expected Time Commitment:

2 - 6 hours in the Fall semester, 10 - 15 hours in the Spring semester

To apply now, click on the link below and download the application. Please send the completed application to: Dr. Pamela Laird or deliver hard copies to Tabitha Fitzpatrick on the 5th floor of the King Center. Along with the completed application, please ask two professors to email letters of recommendation on your behalf to Dr. Laird’s email address above.

Download the Application to Join Our Team of Editors

3) Become a Senior Editor

Who is eligible?

All graduate history students who have served at least one year as an Assistant Editor and who did not serve as Senior Editor in the previous year.

What's involved?

Students who are appointed as Senior Editor may choose to apply to be Senior Editor more than once, but not hold this post for two consecutive years. As in the case of Assistant Editorships, serving as the Senior Editor for the Journal builds experience and showcases your skills as a team coordinator and as a historian. This experience makes an excellent addition to future resumes and applications.

Expected Time Commitment:

40 - 50 hours total (approximately 10 hours in the fall and the remaining hours in the spring)

Contact a faculty advisor (see Contacts & Resources) if you wish to express interest in serving as Senior Editor.

Ways Faculty Can Get Involved

Our professors are passionate about helping our students become better historians. As part of this commitment, faculty members support the Journal process in countless ways:

  • By offering guidance to students who express an interest in developing a good paper for submission
  • By staying aware of deadlines and making in-class announcements
  • By submitting papers on behalf of students
  • By offering to serve as a faculty advisor

If you are a faculty member seeking information about the Journal process, please contact this year's Senior Editor or the faculty advisors (see Contact Us). You may also refer your students directly to this webpage or encourage them to contact us directly.

Students' papers may be submitted in hard copy to Tabitha Fitzpatrick, with attention to this year's Senior Editor; or you may submit papers directly to one of our faculty advisors.

  • Having a goal to publish can give you incentive to work hard toward writing a better paper.
  • If your paper is chosen for publication, you will have the opportunity to work personally with one of our student editors who will help you revise your paper and polish it before it is published.
  • If your paper is submitted but not chosen for publication, you will still have the benefit of receiving feedback from our team of editors about how you might strengthen your paper for submission for our Journal the following year.
  • If your paper is published, you will have a tangible measure of your achievements as a graduate student and scholar that you can put on resumes or show to future graduate programs or employers.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding this year's Journal process, you may contact any of the following people:

Dr. Tom Noel

Faculty Advisor
Historical Studies Journal
Email Dr. Noel

Or, talk to your professor or advisor!

Tips and Resources on Writing Great Papers

UC Denver History Department Style Guidelines

CU Denver Writing Center

Did you know that CU Denver has an office dedicated to helping students improve their writing? The University of Colorado Denver Writing Center offers appointments for one-on-one consultation to help undergraduate and graduate students improve all aspects of their writing or address specific questions. In addition, they frequently offer free workshops. Topics include: Composing a Thesis, Effective Revision, Citation and Documentation (MLA), English Grammar and Mechanics, Argument and Analysis, and more! Workshops are offered several times throughout each semester, so it is never too late to find a workshop or make an appointment with a writing center consultant. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to develop your skills as a writer and historian.

CU Denver Writing Center

CU Denver Writing Center on Facebook

Additional Links

20 Most Common Errors

10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

Don't Forget!

Our best resources are our professors! They are eager to help students learn, overcome challenges, and develop skills as a historian. Make an appointment with your professor during office hours to discuss any questions or difficulties you may have about how to write a great history paper.