The Department of History, the heritage of Jamia Abbasia, was founded by the Nawab of Bahawalpur , Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi-V in 1925. In the beginning , the department focused on Islamic History on. With the establishment of the Islamia University Bahawalpur in 1975, the department broadened its scope to General History. The department has the honor to have patronage of renowned scholars and historians like Sahibzada Abur Rasool,Dr Muhammad Yousuf Abbasi, Prof. Munawar Ali Khan and Dr. Muhammad Saleem Ahmad ( Professor Emeritus). The department was renamed as the Department of History and Pakistan Studies in 1986 and resumed its nomeclature in 2012.
The department started offering Ph.D. program in 1989 and a separate Master Degree program in Pakistan Studies in 2002. M.Phil Program in History and Pakistan Studies were started in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Initiation of Masters in Archeology is on the agenda of the department, keeping in the view the importance of archeological sites of the region.
Presently the faculty comprises one Professor Emeritus, two Associate Professor, one Assistant Professor and one lecturer. The department has two Ph.D. one M.Phil faculty members while one faculty member is aboard for his Ph.D.
The department organizes different type of academic activities efficiently including research tutorials, Seminars and National and International Conferences. Furthermore, another projects in the pipeline is the establishment of the institution of History and culture. The total students during the session 2012-2013 are 55. The department in order to preliterate research activities on scientific research lines, is keen to develop a well- equipped, Multi- media & IT lab with latest equipment.