Department of History

“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.


The Department of History is dedicated to the humanistic study of the past for a better understanding of the present. This discipline requires the ability to analyze complex issues, events and ideas. The history major also requires skill in written expression. 

In addition to satisfying the goals of the Core Curriculum, the program in history equips students with a broad historical background and intellectual skills needed in a wide variety of professions, including those in government service, law, business, museum and archival careers, college teaching and professional research. 

An undergraduate focus in history - either minor or major - prepares students to take on a wide variety of pursuits. In addition to graduate school in history, the major also provides a solid foundation for law school, museum and historic preservation studies, and education programs. History majors make excellent educators, politicians, foreign service officers, editors and journalists, just to name a few of the fields history majors can enter. 

The History Department at Xavier University is a diverse group of professors and dedicated students set within an intimate atmosphere. Our areas of expertise range from the United States to the Ancient Mediterranean, from modern Latin America to Nineteenth-Century France, and from Twentieth-Century Africa to colonial and post-colonial African Diaspora Studies. In addition to the required core course, faculty members offer classes that include such diverse themes as "Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Philosophy of Conflict Resolution," "The Black Atlantic World," "Women in Latin America" and "The History of Louisiana."

"History has thrust something upon me from which I cannot turn away." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Blackhaven” is a newly-developed historically-themed video game that explores themes of confronting truth in an unwelcome historical space. Under the direction of Dr. Shearon Roberts, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and faculty member in African American and Diaspora Studies, a group of Xavier students partnered with University of Connecticut Professor James Coltrain to craft the personality of the game’s main character, “Kendra,” a sophomore at a historically Black college interning at the fictional Blackhaven Hall Historical Society.

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Xavier University of New Orleans Associate Professor of History, Dr. Elizabeth Manley, has been granted the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award for Faculty at HBCUs.

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