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In a complex world, understanding history and putting it in its proper context is more important than ever.

Why History?

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Announcing the History Department’s new blog, “Brick by Brick.”

Brick by Brick strives to provide a space for graduate students, faculty and alumni to share ongoing research, exchange ideas and resources, and explore topics through the research of their peers. We feature contributions from all aspects of the discipline, academic or professional, especially those concerning the contemporary ramifications and relevance of historical scholarship. Read More.

Join us in the History Department

Apply to our programs. We offer three undergraduate degrees: the History B.A., the History B.A. (Teacher Education Concentration), and the History B.S. — as well as a History Minor, the History Honors Program, and an Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program. We also offer three graduate degrees: the History M.A., the Public History M.A., and the Public History Ph.D.

With more than 25 full-time faculty members who cover a range of historical specialties, our degree programs allow students the flexibility to explore their historical interests while preparing for the future.


Books Published

Dr. Fred Freitas, Big Water: The Making of the Borderlands Between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (Univ. of Arizona Press).

Dr. Julie Mell, The Myth of the Medieval Jewish MoneylenderVolumes I & II (Palgrave, McMillan).  

Dr. Nick Robins, Santa Bárbara’s Legacy: An Environmental History of Huancavelica, Peru (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2017). Published in Spanish as La herencia de Santa Bárbara: Una historia ambiental de Huancavelica, Perú (Huancavelica, Peru: Universidad Nacional de Huancavelica) 

Dr. Daniel Bolger, Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided (DaCapo)

Dr. Noah Strote, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany (Yale University Press)

Dr. Anthony La Vopa (Emeritus), The Labor of the Mind Intellect & Gender in Enlightenment Cultures (Penn Press) 

Dr. William C. Harris (Emeritus), Lincoln and Congress (Concise Lincoln Library Series) (Southern Illinois University Press), and Two Against Lincoln: Reverdy Johnson and Horatio Seymour, Champions of the Loyal Opposition (University Press of Kansas)

Dr. James Crisp (Emeritus), “Who Were the Texians?: The Creation of a Texas Identity in the Era of the Republic." Essay published in Single Star of the West: The Republic of Texas, 1836-1845 (University of North Texas Press)

Notable Mentions

Dr. Tom Parker was one of nine faculty across the university to receive one of the new NSRP grants. 

At the American Schools of Oriental Research conference in Boston there was a special session,
"Papers in Honor of S. Thomas Parker in Celebration of the Publication of a Festschrift.”

Dr Judy Kertesz and Dr. James Boyles were both recognized by the Provost's Office in the Thank a Teacher Program.

Dr. Noah Strote named 2017 Sherman Emerging Scholar.

Dr. Nancy Mitchell pens piece, “How the U.S aided Robert Mugabe’s rise,” for Washington Post.

Dr. William Harris present paper on "Lincoln, Congress, and the Cabinet Crisis of 1862" at the Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium in Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, on March 17, 2018.  It was televised on C-SPAN.


Dr. James Crisp – faculty member for 45 years and Scheduler for 29.

9:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

NC State's History Department provides a small college experience inside a big university