Baylor University
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences

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Eric C. Rust

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Eric C. Rust

Professor of History

Office: Tidwell B25 (hours) Phone: (254) 710-6300

  • B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1974

  • M.A., Lamar University, 1978

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1987


Native of Lubeck, Germany. Permanent resident of the U.S. Service in the West German Navy, 1969-1970. Academic studies in Germany, Canada and the U.S., 1971-1987. Baylor faculty member since 1984.

Academic Interests and Research:

    Teaching: Renaissance, Reformation, Early Modern Europe, European Expansion, World History since 1500, World Cultures.
    Research: European and German maritime and naval history, with emphasis on the World Wars, submarines.
    Additional Interests: Historical demography; historiography.

Major Publications:

  • Author of 2 book chapters in Theodore P. Savas, ed., Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-Boat War in the Atlantic (New York: Savas Beatie, 2004). Selection of Military Book Club.
  • Author of book chapter in William M. McBride, ed., New Interpretations in Naval History (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1998).
  • Author/translator of 3 book chapters in Theodore P. Savas, ed., Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of WW II (Savas, 1997; Nav. Inst. Press, 2003). German: Lautlose Jager (Berlin: Ullstein, 1999, repr. 2001). Polish: Dowodcy U-bootow w II Wojnie Swiatowej (Gdansk: Finna, 2003). Selection of Military Book Club.
  • Translator, editor, of: Erich Topp, Fackeln uber dem Atlantik: Lebensbericht eines U-Boot-Kommandanten (Bonn: Mittler, 1990); published as The Odyssey of a U-Boat Commander: Recollections of Erich Topp (New York: Praeger, 1992).
  • Author, Naval Officers under Hitler: The Story of Crew 34 (New York: Praeger, 1991).
  • Author of 28 scholarly articles; 38 conference presentations; 44 book reviews in historical journals; TV appearances; consultant for BBC, PBS, History Channel, Naval Institute Press, Indiana University Press, University of Oklahoma Press, McGraw-Hill, Longman, Macmillan, National Geographic Society, Texas Education Agency, Educational Testing Service, Journal of Military History, International Journal of Naval History, International Journal of Maritime History, The Mariner's Mirror, etc.

Works in Progress:

  • Civil Courage in Uniform: The Life and Death of U-Boat Commander Oskar Kusch (New York: Savas Beatie Publishing Group) (forthcoming.)

  • Manuscript in progress, with Dr. Michael Pavillard in Las Palmas, on role of Canary Islands in World War II

  • Book-length project on the disastrous storms and floods along the German North Sea coast in medieval and early modern times, tentatively entitled The Great Man-Drownings.


  • Member, Graduate Faculty

  • Semester-long sabbatical: Spring/Summer 2000.

  • Numerous summer sabbaticals and University Research Council travel grants.

  • Voted Centennial Professor, 2005.


  • Faculty Senate, 2000-2006; Senate Secretary and member of Senate Executive Committee: 2001-2006.

  • Resident director, Baylor in Maastricht (semester-long study abroad program in the southern Netherlands), Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Summer 2009 to present.

  • Faculty sponsor of the Baylor Amateur Radio Club (BARC), 1985 to present.

  • Honors Colloquia, 1980s to present.

  • Reader and Table Leader, College Board, AP European History, 2000 to present.

Courses Taught at Baylor

  • BIC 1324 World Cultures II
  • FYS 1V99 (First Year Seminar on WW I)
  • HIS 1322 Western Civilization I
  • HIS 1323 Western Civilization II
  • HIS 1307 World History since 1500 (Waco and Maastricht)
  • HIS 1307H World History since 1500 (Honors)
  • HIS 4329 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIS 4331 European Expansion, 1400-1800 (Waco and Maastricht)
  • HIS 4332 Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 4340 Special Topics in History (Maastricht)
  • HIS 4348 Independent Study in European History (Waco and Maastricht)
  • HIS 5348 Readings in European History (Waco and Maastricht)
  • HIS 5370 Historiography Seminar
  • HIS 5V99 Thesis