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A Distinguished Field

History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allow us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretative debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge.

—American Historical Association Tuning Project: History Discipline Core

Read what MacArthur Genius Grantee Sunil Amrith had to say about the relevance of history today: Why History is More Important Now Than Ever Before

A Myriad of Opportunities

A-State history students hone their skills through a wide variety of courses and assignments. In one section of World Civilization, for instance, they researched the life of Olaudah Equiano to create the storymap below as well as a timeline and a Fakebook page. To access a portal of course offerings past and present, click here.


2018 Departmental Awards

BSE Social Science 

Kelsey DeFord

BA History 

Tara Loperano

Spenser Sullivan

MA (Dr. John Galloway Award) 

Colton Adkisson

Edward Harthorn

Ryan Smith

Dept Scholarship Winners

Roger & Janna Lambert Scholarship 

Erika Isbill

Fairy Gillespie Scholarship

Sean Tolbert

Dr. C. Calvin Smith Scholarship


Cooper-Huitt Scholarship

Nathanael Grimes

C.K. and Linda McFarland Scholarship

Nathanael Grimes

Dennis Rousey Book Awards

Best Practice of History Paper

Amelia Worsham

Best Undergraduate Paper

Preston Bennett

Best Graduate Paper

Will Walker

Eta-Chi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

 Student Officers

Mollie Mason

Nathanael Grimes
Vice President

Tara Loperano

Jordan Carmer

Mackenzie Dodds

Joe Key
Faculty Advisor

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African American Studies

You only need 18 hours to complete the minor! If you are not currently an African-American Studies minor and wish to become one, please contact Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch at 972-3291.