The department has been functioning since 1962. The main objective of the department is to impart quality education and knowledge about past glories, culture and heritage of the people of Assam as well as of India. So apart from taking the regular classes in Higher Secondary and Degree the department organizes seminars, popular talks, extensions and excursions to historically important places of the state and outside. It has a good library for the use of the students. The wall magazine of the department Luit, is found to have successfully preserved, critiqued and documented important issues relating to culture and heritage of the country.