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History Program

History not only teaches us about the past, it helps us more fully understand the present and work toward the future. It cultivates critical thinking and analytical writing, skills which are not only valuable to future employers but necessary for becoming an informed and active citizen of the world.

Degree Plan Options Bachelor of Arts in History 
Credit Hours 120 Credit Hours
Delivery Methods Victoria (traditional semesters)
Online traditional
Tuition & Fees Rates Per Semester

What I can do with a degree in History

A history degree opens up a number of career opportunities. According to the most recent data from the American Historical Association, history majors find gainful employment in education (as teachers and administrators), business (as managers and salespersons), the arts (as writers and editors), and in countless other fields. Graduate work, meanwhile, opens up additional opportunities, particularly in law, teaching, and administration. History alumni at UHV have gone on to establish successful careers in business management, school administration, law, and teaching.

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Our Faculty

The History Program at UHV offers exciting courses in American, European, and world history. Dr. Laura Mammina offers classes on Race and Ethnicity, the Civil War Era, Sex and American society, and African American history. Dr. Joseph Locke teaches courses that include the history of Texas, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the U.S-Mexico borderlands. Dr. Esther Cuenca specializes in medieval and modern Europe and offers courses on saints and witches, plague and pandemics, and world history from ancient times to the present. Dr. Beverly Tomek teaches courses in both U.S. and Atlantic World history, specializing in justice movements, including antislavery, labor movements, and civil rights.

Dr. Laura Mammina  Dr. Joseph Locke

Academic Advisors

Kandace Henke

Academic Advisor

Kandace Henke

(361) 570-4113

The De León Symposium

The Martín De León Symposium on the Humanities is held annually during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each year focuses on a different theme. The 33rd annual De León Symposium, for instance, held in 2019, explored the history of Mariachi music through a talk by an ethnomusicologist and a live performance by Mariachi Tapatío.

De León Symposium

UHV History Day

Every spring we sponsor UHV History Day, an opportunity for current students and alumni to come together for lunch and a discussion of careers in history. Students and faculty also present and discuss aspects of their work. In the evening, we extend an invitation to the local community in Victoria to join us for a keynote lecture given by a prominent historian. If you would like to support our work, please think about contributing to our History Day fund, which pays for speakers’ fees, student prizes, and lunches.

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History Department

"Beyond the classroom, we are working on building a dynamic institution that will give students in our region and beyond the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. "

- Bev Tomek
Associate Provost for Curriculum and Student Achievement