WKU History Graduate Program - Mentorship
In the course of their education and development, all budding historians rely on the advice and guidance of mentor figures within the profession. Without mentoring, it is nearly impossible for young scholars to comprehend and master the complexities of the 'historian's craft.'
Therefore, in addition to relying on the advice of the graduate advisor, each student must select a faculty member in their chosen field of concentration to act as his/her mentor. The mentor should be selected within the first two semesters (or 18 credit hours) of coursework, and the mentor must agree to take on this responsibility. The faculty mentor, in collaboration with the graduate advisor, will be responsible for helping the student to compile a bibliography, select an exam board, and offer any other pertinent advice. It is expected that faculty mentors will serve on their students' oral exam/thesis defense boards.