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Study History at OSU

Because history is...
more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is community, debate, identity. History is our map to the present. Students can pursue the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History alongside faculty who have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement, and scholarship. With courses covering all geographic spaces and time periods and specializations in the American West, Native American History, and Public History, students with a wide variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of History.

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Undergraduate Studies

Our courses give students a broad understanding of the evolution of civilizations, peoples, countries, and institutions. The department's instruction is designed to aid students interested in education, law, journalism, business, public service, and even scientific and technical disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers an M.A., Ph.D., and a graduate certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies for students interested in pursuing advanced study in a wide range of historical fields.

Public History

Check for award notices either at your official OSU email or, for new undergraduate students, in the mail.

Upcoming Events

"Freedom Sketches: The Art of Brummett Echohawk" with Dr. Kristin Youngbull
Join the Oklahoma State University Department of History in welcoming Dr. Kristin Youngbull to campus on Thursday, April 13. Dr. Youngbull will be presenting "Freedom Sketches: The Art of Brummett Echohawk." This event is in the Social Sciences & Humanities building, room 035, from 5-6 pm and is open to the university and public! Dr. Youngbull is visiting OSU in connection with a larger project dealing with Brummett Echohawk's World War II sketches which are the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the National Cowboy and Western Museum in Oklahoma City. That exhibit is co-curated by Dr. David D'Andrea (OSU History Department) and Dr. Eric Singleton of the National Cowboy and Western Museum.
Dr. Youngbull Event


OSU History Graduate on Jeopardy!
Aleithia (Burgess) Stephens, who recieved her BA in History & Philosophy from OSU in 2008, was a contestant on Jeopardy last summer. Her episode (season 38, game 216), which aired on July 11, 2022, was hosted by Mayim Bialik.
"It took me a while to figure out buzzer timing, unfortunately, but I was pleased with my performance overall, had tons of fun, and met fantastic people. I was especially excited to see a category called "Great Britain in the 1700s," which was my area of specialization in graduate school." - Aleithia
Two women standing in front of a Jeopardy screen with a blue background.

Faculty Publications

"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, History Department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.

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With a broad range of thematic and regional expertise, our faculty work closely with students to pursue their interests.

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