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.



Ryan RomeroSeptember History Student of the Month, Ryan Romero.

Judith Nelams

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


The Center for History and Culture at Lamar University is becoming a reality! The Center will 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.

Dr. Jeff Forret's book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in Old South has been named a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.