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.



Ashley ThibodeauxMay History Student of the Month, Ashley Thibodeaux.

Caitlin McAlister

4th Annual Student of the Year Award winner, Caitlin McAlister.


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.