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Bachelor of Arts in History

History students at Delta State 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.  This includes the ability to think critically, write persuasively, and analyze historically.  Doing so enables our graduates to gain cross cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives about the past, as well as current events.  All history students conduct original research, which utilizes analysis of primary and secondary sources.

The History Department Faculty represents a wide array of research and methodological backgrounds.  Our students are able to work closely with the faculty both in the classroom and on individual research projects.  We offer a variety of academic awards for students who excel in the classroom and seek to pursue history education.

Graduates with a BA in History possess strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that prepare them for a wide variety of career options.  Our degree program prepares students for a future in historical research, education, government, law, museum curating, as well as library sciences.  Alumni from our program have been placed in positions in these fields throughout the country.

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 BA in history helps to prepare students prepare you 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!

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.

Highlights of Spring 2014 History Courses

The Holocaust and Anti-Semitism

Modern France

The New South

The American Presidency

Early American History



Dr. Charles (Chuck) Westmoreland
Assistant Professor of History
Jobe Hall 213

Dr. Brian Becker
Assistant Professor of History    
Jobe Hall 207

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Dr. Ethan Schimdt
Assistant Professor of History  
Jobe Hall 215

Laub  Dr. Thomas Laub
 Assistant Professor of History   
Jobe Hall 213

Dr. Jerry Dallas
Professor Emeritus of History
Jobe Hall 217

Dr. Miriam C. Davis
Research Associate in History

Dr. James Robinson
History Instructor
Jobe Hall 208