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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.


Departmental Awards

BSE Social Science 

Shelby Atkeison

BA History 

Katy Smith

MA (Dr. John Galloway Award) 

Elizabeth Johnson

Department Scholarship Winners

Janna Lambert Scholarship 

Will Walker

Fairy Gillespie Scholarship

Elizabeth Smith

Dr. C. Calvin Smith Scholarship

Terrence Allen

Cooper-Huitt Scholarship

Taylor Matthews

Dennis Rousey Book Awards

Best Practice of History Paper

David Gleason

Best Undergraduate Paper

Spenser Sullivan

Best Graduate Paper

Ryan Smith

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.

Phi Alpha Theta Officers

Nathanael Grimes

Edward Harthorn
Vice President

Terence Allen

Will Walker

Mollie Mason

Dr. J. Justin Castro
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.