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. 

The Bearkat History Club officers have organized a talk to commemorate the 100th anniversary of woman's suffrage by the History Department's own Dr. Nancy Baker for this Thursday, November 19th, at 2 pm. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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Online Undergraduate Program Nationally Ranked 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!

Congratulations on your ranking in our top universities! Since 2003 has been helping millions of students research potential schools, degrees, and careers. To compile this list we considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected Sam Houston State University based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.

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

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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