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.



Caitlin DavisApril History Student of the Month, David W. Greer.

Caitlin McAlister

4th Annual Student of the Year Award winner, Caitlin McAlister.


Dr. Jimmy L. Bryan, Jr., has a new book, American Elsewhere: Adventure and Manliness in the Age of Expansion, published by the University Press of Kansas.

Dr. Jeff Forret won the 2016 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South. Read the full story.