Department of History

Welcome to the ​Department of History at Sam Houston State University! We are proud to be among the largest producers of undergraduate history majors anywhere in the nation. We also host one of the oldest and most respected online MA in History degrees, as well as an 18 Hour Certificate in U.S. History. Our faculty of award-winning scholar-teachers has produced more than twenty books and dozens of articles in the last decade. With research interests including Black civil rights, migration and cross-cultural exchange, religion and politics, urban space and the environment, and the lived, human experience of war, the Department of History is committed to innovative scholarship, student engagement, and pedagogical excellence. We invite you to explore our website for more information about our unique programs, state-of-the-art curriculum, dynamic classes, and student-led organizations. 

 

Few historical monographs have been as influential as David Blight’s Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, published by Harvard University Press in 2001. The book received the Bancroft Prize, Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, as well as four awards from the Organization of American Historians. It remains on many course lists today. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale, to reflect on his book's twentieth anniversary. He will be joined in conversation by his former graduate student and our departmental chair, Dr. Brian Jordan. 

Dr. Blight has authored a number of other influential and important works, including, most recently, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), which, in addition to the Lincoln and Bancroft Prizes, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians.

The event will take place over zoom on Wednesday, October 13, at 4:00pm. Please register at this link!

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Online Undergraduate Program Nationally Ranked

A number of Sam Houston State University's degree programs have been nationally ranked by Intelligent.com. SHSU was judged among thousands of public institutions in the nation, with research based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. 

The Department of History was honored to be ranked 6th in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs. The website also ranked the department's MA program "the Best Thesis Option" in the nation. 

OnlineU has published its 2021 Best Online College rankings, and Sam Houston State University has been ranked #14 based on the Return On Investment for our online bachelor degree program! 

Learn.org has published its 2020 rankings, and Sam Houston State University has been ranked #11 on our list Best Online Bachelor's in History Degree Programs!

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AffordableCollegesOnline.org has created a career outlook resource for those interested in earning a history degree. The guide discusses various job opportunities with salary information, networking resources, and success stories from history degree recipients.

New Faculty Publications

The Department of History celebrates four new faculty publications: 

  • ​Uzma Quraishi, Redefining the Immigrant South (UNC Press)
  • Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo (Liveright/W.W. Norton)
  • Brian Matthew Jordan, ed., The War Went On (LSU Press)
  • Brian Matthew Jordan, A Thousand May Fall (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

Quraishi Book Cover     Park Book Cover      Jordan Book Cover 1      Jordan Book Cover 2

 

Follow History student, Joshua Rachita, as he participates in an internship at Colonial Williamsburg!

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    "This summer I will be interning at Colonial Williamsburg in the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum which includes trades shops and tradespeople doing real work for the museum. So far I have worked on nails and spoons which will hopefully be used around the museum. A new drying shed that is being built for the Brickmakers will take 15,000 nails to build; all of which, including the tools used by the many other craftsmen, will be made in the Anderson shop. Click the link below to read more about my first week and some more history about the site!"                                                           https://samhoustonmemorialmuseum.blogspot.com/ 

Thank you,

Joshua Rachita

 

Professor Jeff Littlejohn's Harris County Lynching Markers Remembrance Project

The Harris County Remembrance Project that Dr. Littlejohn has been working with for a year has just secured the establishment of four historical markers to commemorate the victims of racial violence in Harris County. The project was spearheaded by Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and he is to be commended for securing unanimous approval of the markers in Commissioners Court yesterday. This is a very big deal, since Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in America. We will be the biggest city in the nation to house lynching markers from the Equal Justice Initiative. Dr. Littlejohn is thrilled that the victims of  racial violence are going to be recognized; the markers will be in a park right across from the downtown courthouse. The news article featured by KHOU 11 can be found here.

                                   Lynching in Texas  

Department Featured in Premier History Magazine

Our history department was recently featured in the magazine published by the American Historical Association, Perspectives. Our former chair, Brian Domitrovic, wrote an essay detailing why, unlike nearly all other history departments in America, our number of majors keeps rising. As Dr. Domitrovic notes, our solution to the "crisis" of humanities included a fifteen-point plan that focused on aggressive recruiting, faculty expansion, and exciting thematic courses. The result is that history now makes up over two percent of SHSU's undergraduate student body, higher than the average across the nation. We are proud of our faculty, our administration, and especially our students for cultivating such a rich environment for the study of history. 

The essay is titled "Major Renovations: Reviving Undergraduate History at Sam Houston State," and can be read at this link.

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