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.
The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the New York Public Library's Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture has named Dr. Jeff Forret one of five finalists for the 1st Annual Harriet Tubman Book Prize, for his book _Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South_ (LSU Press, 2015). The prize of $7,500 is awarded to the best nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.