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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Photo of the occean in Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

    Costa Rica Trip - Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Webb Historical Society at the Holocaust Museum

    UHD History Students tour Holocaust Museum

  • UHD Students on Trip to the UK

    UHD Students on Trip to the UK

  • Photograph of Student's Atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh

    Students atop Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

  • Group photograph of the Men of LEGACI

    Dr. Robertson with Men of LEGACI

  • Dr. Elkholy's meaning of life class room photo

    Dr. Elkholy's Meaning of Life Class

  • 2017 Sigma Delta Pi Ceremony

    2017 Sigma Delta Pi Ceremony

  • Day of the Dead Altar

    Day of the Dead Altar

About The Department

The Department of History, Humanities, and Languages offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in History, Humanities, Philosophy, and Spanish. The curriculum in these individual programs hones students’ interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills through critical inquiry, research, and debate. Our graduates have gone on to graduate school and into positions such as managers, teachers, lawyers, interpreters/translators, research analysts, and a variety of other fields where these skills are highly valued. The department also houses the Center for Critical Race Studies, a program dedicated to the exploration of the causes, character, and effects of racial injustice and to the discovery of strategies for constructive change.

"If science is a search in the darkness, then the humanities are a candle that shows us where we have been and the danger that lies ahead." -- Apple CEO Tim Cook

The attributes cultivated in our degree programs-- such as problem-solving and communication skills -- are among the top five most desired by employers.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jose’ E. Alvarez, Professor of History, Certificate-Holder in Military History from the Photograph of Dr. AlvarezUnited States Military Academy at West Point Courses: US History Before & After 1877, Introduction to World History I and II, Twentieth Century Europe, Middle East History

When I’m in the classroom, I want to take the students back in time to the period we are studying by setting the mood of the time. I try to make History a story that is not only informative/educational but exciting as well as entertaining. Sometimes the students get so caught up in the narrative that they stop taking notes! I also like to incorporate what the students call “fun facts” into my lectures where I introduce material they will not find in their textbooks. In addition, as a faculty advisor to the Webb Historical Society and Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), I enjoy taking students on field trips to visit historical sites and tour museums. Along with Dr. Lopez, I take PAT students on our annual Spring Break camping trip to places like Goliad, Jasper, and Austin, where we learn more about the Texas past. Hands on History.

Spanish Faculty Travel to Salamanca, Spain, to Present on Course Redesign

"An Update on Immigration Policies Under the Current Republican Administration"
by Professor Susham Modi, Sept. 25, 2018; 6:30 PM

HHL to Host "Back to the Sources": Student Research Conference on Dec. 3, 2018

Dr. Preuss & UHD History Society Honored at Texas History Conference 

UHD Philosophy Graduate Awarded Coveted Fullbright Scholarship

History Major, Alondra Julie Morillon Awarded Scholarship

Last updated 11/26/2018 5:44 AM