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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History




by Ken Hammond

The Department of History at New Mexico State University offers a wide variety of courses about human history around the world and across time. Through courses in Asian, European, Latin American, and U.S. history, as well as in public history, the Department covers topics such as Borders and Frontiers; Myth and Memory; Modernity and its Discontents; and Nature and Society. Moving from the dawn of human history to the turn of the 21st century, the History Department courses and its professors explore who did what to whom, why, and the effects of those exchanges and interactions.

In addition to learning about the past, studying history also helps train the mind to think analytically and creatively about human behavior and the world around us. In a 1789 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson cautioned: "And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them…. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

The History Department at New Mexico State University is dedicated to teaching diverse students about our world and preparing them for the future by looking at the past through the lens of the present.

Please contact our head, Dr. Ken Hammond, at (575) 646-4601 or at for more information about our department.