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.



Rachel SimmonsMay History Student of the Month, Rachel Simmons.

Judith Nelams

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


The Mirabeau B. Lamar Center for the Study of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast is becoming a reality! The Lamar 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.