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    Costa Rica Trip - Manuel Antonio National Park

  • Webb Historical Society at the Holocaust Museum

    UHD History Students tour Holocaust Museum

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    UHD Students on Trip to the UK

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    Students atop Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

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    Dr. Robertson with Men of LEGACI

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    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

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    UHD Student Tour Gregory School

    ​UHD Students tour the African American Library at the Gregory School

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. Jonathan Chism, Assistant Professor of History Organizer, Urban Enrichment Institute Community Outreach Courses: History of the Civil Rights Movement, African American History, History of Religion in the US, History of Race and Sports

UHD students mentor and encourage Urban Enrichment Institute participantsFor the past four years, Dr. Chism has facilitated service learning at the Urban Enrichment Institute (UEI), an after-school program in 5th Ward Houston that serves at-risk minority young men, primarily blacks and Hispanics, from ages twelve to nineteen. Modeled after Septima Clark’s citizenship schools, this initiative allows UHD students to develop a long-term mentoring relationship with UEI youth and inspires in them the confidence to excel academically. Under Dr. Chism’s direction, students facilitate reading circles with the youth on seminal figures and classic texts in African American history, such as The Autobiography of Malcolm X, James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain, and John Lewis’s graphic novel, March. UHD students also help participants improve their writing skills through mini writing workshops and an essay competition. Dr. Chism states, “I have been delighted to see several of the young men at the Urban Enrichment Institute blossom over the past four years. I look forward to some of them joining us at UHD in the future.”

Student Spotlight

UHD History major, Helen Martinez earns summer museum internship.
Read more about Ms. Martinez


Philosophy Major Brandt Wild Accepted to UT-Austin Philosophy Compass Workshop

Dr. Chism Publishes Guest Column, "Being Martin Luther Kings' with COGIC Saints in Memphis.

"Close to Home: Latinx Art and Identity", O'Kane Gallery Exhibition open through April 11

History Professor Dr. Nicholson-Preuss Wins Ottis Lock Educator Award

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 11/4/2019 8:09 AM