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.
Dr. Jeff Forret won a 2016 American Publishers Award for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) for his book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South, published in 2015 with Louisiana State University Press. Slave against Slave garnered one of the three honorable mentions in the U.S. history category. The PROSE Awards, given annually since 1976, recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 54 categories. Winners were announced February 4, 2016, at the PROSE Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C.