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 HarrelsonNovember History Student of the Month, Ryan Harrelson.

Hope Flores

6th Annual Student of the Year Award winner, Hope Flores.


Dr. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr.'s newest edited anthology, Inventing Destiny: Cultural Explorations of US Expansion is now available from Kansas University Press.

The Western Literature Association selected Dr. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr.'s book, The American Elsewhere: Adventure and Manliness in the Age of Expansion, second runner-up for the 2018 Thomas J. Lyon Award for the best book in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies.