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The History Department regretfully announces Emeritus Faculty Thomas Haskell's passing. For more information on the impact of Dr. Haskell's life, please click here. 


Welcome to the Rice University History Department! We are a community of scholars and students passionate about studying the past in order to help us understand our contemporary world. In the History Department, Rice students learn with accomplished scholars in small classroom settings. Our faculty enjoy teaching, and many have been recognized with awards for exceptional teaching. The skills learned in history courses—how to sift through enormous amounts of information, how to read texts critically, how to write effective prose—are broadly applicable to many fields and careers. 

Students who love history and who want the freedom to explore the past widely should consider majoring in history. Gifts to the department from alumni and friends offer history majors opportunities for travel and research. An honors program allows students to conduct original research and to write a thesis. The director of undergraduate studies is Fay Yarbrough.

The graduate program accepts exceptionally motivated students who are interested in studying the history of the America South, the Atlantic World, Latin American History, the Middle East, Trans-national Asia, and the U.S. and the World. It has been ranked in the top 25 History graduate programs in the nation. It has also been ranked #1 by Graduateprograms.com. The unique dual degree program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) allows students fluent in Portuguese the opportunity to study in Brazil and to earn a second Ph.D. Graduate students fluent in Spanish can earn the same dual degree with our Mexico program with the Instituto Mora. The director of graduate studies is Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu.

The history department sponsors the Journal of Southern History, published by the Southern Historical Association. The editor is Randal Hall

The history department also sponsors the journal positions: asia critique, published by Duke University Press. The editor is Tani Barlow.

We are also pleased to announce the new undergraduate journal The Rice Historical Review. This journal is run, edited and published completely by undergraduate students.

Peter C. Caldwell, Chair



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