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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 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.


2020 Departmental Awards

BSE Social Science 

Kyle Walker

BA History 

Nathan Grimes 

MA (Dr. John Galloway Award) 

Tara Loperano

Dept Scholarship Winners

Roger & Janna Lambert Scholarship 

William Cole Younger

Fairy Gillespie Scholarship

Ryan Carter

Dr. C. Calvin Smith Scholarship

 Christian Walls

Cooper-Huitt Scholarship

Ryken Cocherell

C.K. and Linda McFarland Scholarship

Drew Calhoun

Dennis Rousey Book Awards

Best Undergraduate Paper

Jeydon Riggs

Erin Heikes (runner up)

Best Graduate Paper

Ryan Joyner

Department of History Minors

African American Studies 
History (General) 
Medieval Studies 
Modern European Studies
US History 

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.