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Description of the Major:

History is the discovery and analysis of the past.  Historians base their analyses upon texts and and artifacts, seeking to interpret both causes and effects of change, as well as change over time.

The Student Experience:

The History Department consists of 18 highly-trained PhDs who are authorities in specialized fields of historical study ranging across time, space and subject areas:  from Renaissance European to Native American history, from the religion of the late Roman Empire to American military history, from medieval Italy to modern Korea, and from early America to the modern Middle East.

The History Department is home to a wide range of opportunities to promote learning, and we regularly train more than 200 majors and minors in historical methods.

Student opportunities for experiential and enhanced learning include pursuing original archival research, study abroad, senior theses, honor courses, internships, field school excavations, and digital and oral histories for online publication.

The Waccamaw Center offers students and faculty the opportunity to investigate the history and culture along the historic Waccamaw River, an area rich in the history of pre-historic populations, European colonial settlements, Revolutionary War sites, plantation systems and slave culture, pre-industrial agriculture, and modern tourism.

The History Department also houses three minors: a 21-hour minor in History, an 18-hour minor in Anthropology, and an 18-hour minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Beyond the Classroom:

The study of history has long been an excellent preparation for leadership in many areas. Some of the most common careers chosen by history majors are government analyst, law, journalism, archivist, librarian, information specialist, museum educator, teacher, lobbyist, and management.


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