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.



Bryce BarrettNovember History Student of the Month, Bryce Barrett.

Zachary Defrancis

Zachary Defrancis accepts the department's 2nd Annual Student of the Year honor.


Dr. Jeff Forret produced two books that appeared in November, both with LSU Press. He wrote Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South and co-edited, with Christine E. Sears, the anthology New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison.

Dr. Forret was also awarded a William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Grant to fund research for his next book, Williams' Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South.