The History Program

Division of Social Sciences & History

Bachelor of Arts in History

The History Program at Delta State is dedicated to helping students acquire a broad understanding of the major events, themes, and developments of American, European, and World History. Here, students develop an understanding of historiography and the historian’s craft which includes the ability to think critically, write persuasively, and analyze historically. Our graduates gain cross cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives about the past as well as current events. We offer a variety of academic awards for students who excel in the classroom and/or seek to pursue history education.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in History possess strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that prepare them for a wide variety of career options.  Our degree program is designed to place students in graduate programs and careers in areas such as historical research, education, government, law, museum curating, and library sciences.  Alumni from our program have been placed in positions in these fields throughout the country.

The History Department Faculty represents a wide array of research and methodological backgrounds. Thanks to our small class sizes, students are able to work closely with faculty both in the classroom and on individual research projects. All history students conduct original research, which utilizes analysis of primary and secondary sources.

From day one, DSU History students learn to write in a professional, academic style that prepares them for graduate studies. Whether pursuing post-graduate work in history, other social sciences or humanities, education, or law school, the B.A. in History helps to prepare students for their professional training.

Our MED-History concentration students are also well prepared for further graduate studies.  Our graduate courses emphasize the necessity for future historians to develop understanding of narrative and historiography; thus, our students develop analytical and writing skills that prepare them for careers in teaching and research.

In addition to classes, the History Department  sponsors several events and offers various extracurricular activities.  Each spring semester we host the Cranford Lecture in American History.  We also have History Film nights throughout the academic year, which are co-sponsored by the history honorary society, Phi Alpha Theta.

For additional information about our program and History Department events, like “The History Program at Delta State” on Facebook. You can also contact a member of the history faculty if you have questions about our program at 662-846-4170.  We will be happy to help you find the path that best suits you and help you develop a course of study that suits your interests.

Meet the Faculty

Charles Westmoreland
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of United States History
662-846-4170

Brian Becker
Assistant Professor of Medieval History

Thomas Laub
Assistant Professor of European History

Andrew N. Wegmann
Assistant Professor of United States History


Resources for Students

Roadmap to the Degree


Potential Careers in History

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • District Attorney
  • Editor/Journalist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • History Professor
  • Historical Society Director
  • Investment Analyst
  • Librarian
  • Preservation/Restoration