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Chair's Message (Cont.)

The History Department houses a major and minor in History, a minor in Anthropology, and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Our students emerge from these programs with a solid foundation of historical and/or anthropological knowledge and with such critical skills as digital and print research, and analytical writing. In an information-based economy where knowledge is key, these skills make our students competitive on the job market and for graduate school. In addition, anthropology minors are well equipped to enter positions in cultural resources management.

We also offer important opportunities that complement or even take place outside the classroom. Short-term and semester-long study abroad opportunities are important for understanding firsthand a culture and society studied from a historical perspective. These programs also signal critical global awareness to future employers and graduate schools.

We are increasing the number of students who participate in semester-long internships by developing partnerships with local organizations like the Horry County Museum and the Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park. Our students have also always participated in internships at law firms and non-profits. Internships are an important step in determining one’s career. 

We send students to present their original research at local, state, and regional academic conferences. Students engage in professional communication techniques while presenting important contributions to historical knowledge. On campus, students participate in the Undergraduate Research Competition. Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, hosts a regional conference that our students participate in every year.

For our highest achieving students, in addition to membership in Phi Alpha Theta, we have multiple student scholarships/awards. We are introducing a departmental honors program with a challenging but flexible curriculum. Also, our most research-focused students find ample opportunities to work with faculty members on their own research agendas.

Contact Department Chair Dr. Amanda M. Brian, abrian@coastal.edu, to discuss our program, these opportunities, and more.


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