Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Department of History

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 History since 1500, 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.

National Book Award Presented to Jones-Branch

Congratulations to Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, associate professor of history, upon winning the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book by a junior scholar in African American women's history, Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II.

Jones-Branch, project scholar for the traveling exhibit, "Changing America," also will present a lecture, "Riding for Justice: The 1961 Freedom Rides," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Ellis Library. Details are on the library website. 


Department of History Minors

All minors require 18 hours of coursework. Details are listed in the undergraduate catalog. For more information contact Dr. Justin Castro, jcastro@astate.edu


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.


CONGRATULATIONS!

2022 Departmental Award Winners

Dept Scholarship Winners

Roger & Janna Lambert Scholarship 

Zane Brown

Fairy Gillespie Scholarship

William J. Johnson

Dr. C. Calvin Smith Scholarship

Jalen Crayton 

Cooper-Huitt Scholarship

Emily Brannon

C.K. and Linda McFarland Scholarship

Jeydon Riggs

Dennis Rousey Best Paper Awards

Best Practice of History Paper

Madison McLoy

Best Undergraduate Paper

Wendy Onek

Best Graduate Paper

Kyra Franks

Outstanding Student Awards

Outstanding BSE Social Science Student

Kaylee Crain

 Outstanding BA History Student

Kathrine Davis

Outstanding Graduate Student
(Dr. John Galloway Award) 

Abby Pucik