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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 will learn with accomplished schlolars 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.


Rice’s Fay Yarbrough wins NEH grant to research Choctaws in the Civil...

Fay Yarbrough wasn’t expecting to make the sort of discovery that would win her a... Read more


Seminar introduces HISD teachers, incoming Rice students to Jim Crow...

A group of 16 secondary school teachers and administrators from Houston-area schools... Read more

Kerry R. Ward

Human trafficking, smuggling expert available to discuss San Antonio...

Kerry Ward, a Rice University associate professor of history and researcher on comparative slavery and forced migration, is available to discuss the tragic discovery of nearly 40 people – many of whom were injured and 10 of whom have died — in the back of a sweltering semitrailer in San Antonio... Read more