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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of History, Humanities, and Languages

  • 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. Graduates have gone on to work as managers, teachers, lawyers, interpreters/translators, research analysts, and in 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. Andrew Pavelich, Associate Professor of PhilosophyPhotograph of Andrew Pavelich
Winner of UHD's award for Excellence in Teaching 2014
Courses: The Meaning of Life, Philosophy of Death, and The Philosophy
of Religion .

"When I’m teaching, I try to think about what my students will remember in 10 years from now. This means that I am less concerned with the details of a text than I am with the big picture. Ultimately, I hope they take from my classes an appreciation for inquisitiveness and careful, deliberative thought that is the hallmark of the best philosophy."


UHD Philosophy Graduate Awarded Coveted Fullbright Scholarship

 History Major, Alondra Julie Morillon Awarded Scholarship

UHD History Society Tours Archives and Museum in Austin

UHD Spanish Honor Society Inducts New Members, Visits Museum, & Hosts Study Break
The Initiation ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish Honor Society at UHD) was held on November 4. Five new members were inducted: Nitzia Berlanga (future president of SDP starting in January), Mayra Alvarado, Thomas Canny, Jose Juan Cortes, and Maria Figueroa. Another initiation ceremony for SDP is scheduled for Feb. 2018. Sigma Delta Pi joined with the Spanish program to view the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibit “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950.” Participating UHD students and faculty discussed the exhibit in the context of the Mexican Revolution and the revolutionary reshaping of Mexican identity that accompanied it. Sigma Delta Pi also held a Study Break for students of Spanish on Dec. 5. Beverages, breakfast tacos, and other treats and homemade goodies were on hand to help sustain the 25 to 30 student attendees.

Last updated 1/30/2018 2:06 AM