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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

Photograph of Dr. Vida RobertsonAs a famed philosopher once observed, "The influence of a vital person vitalizes." Dr. Vida Robertson vitalizes. He is Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies. He has led the effort to assess core courses, develop the Quality Enhancement Plan, and organize the Men of LEGACI, a student success program for Hispanic and African American male UHD students. He is a UHD faculty senator and a coordinator for the Ghana, West Africa Study Abroad Trip. Due to the exceptional caliber and extent of his work, Dr. Robertson is a Finalist for the 2018 Faculty Award in Excellence in Service. He shares his teaching philosophy: “By innovatively, strategically and passionately cultivating the lives of the often marginalized and disempowered, we, as educators, not only dismantle systems of poverty and oppression but we are liberated from the shame of our consigned task as academic wardens. Together we become coconspirators in the powerfully emancipatory work of learning.


11th Annual Gender Conference, April 4, 2018

Spanish Internship Fair & Open House, April 24, 2018 (PDF)

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

History Professors, Majors, & Alum Embark on Spring Break Camping Expedition

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​

Last updated 4/5/2018 3:01 AM