History Department

The history department uses the exploration of the past to provide students the intellectual tools to become informed, responsible citizens. With emphases on critical thinking and writing, the study of history prepares students for careers in education, the law, government, business, museums, archival preservation, and historical editing and publishing.

The department specializes in the fields of American, European, Asian, and African history and offers both bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a combined BA/MA fast-track program.



Jacob MelanconApril History Student of the Month, Jacob Melancon.

Judith Nelams

Judith Nelams accepts the department's 3rd Annual Student of the Year honor.


Dr. Jeff Forret won the 2016 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South. Read the full story.

The Center for History and Culture at Lamar University was dedicated on January 30 to promote the creation, preservation, and transmission of knowledge of Southeast Texas. The initiative was advanced by Dr. Mary Scheer, history department chair, and colleagues from across campus.