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Welcome to the Department of History!


Description of the Major:

History encompasses all aspects of past human endeavor; it encourages students to think broadly and meaningfully about our world and ourselves. Coastal Carolina University’s history program teaches students research methods, critical thinking, and writing skills desirable in many employment fields. History students learn how to gather evidence, analyze artifacts and texts, and present arguments.


The department offers an Anthropology Minor that focuses on archaeology and culture, illuminating human diversity and origins, and a Peace & Conflict Studies Minor that focuses on causes and consequences of conflict as well as strategies for conflict resolution. The department will soon offer a Military Science Minor for undergraduate students enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to offer a better understanding of the past and present military.


The Student Experience:

  • History at CCU provides unique opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences through various internships, archival research, digital projects, study-abroad programs, paper presentations, and local excursions.
  • Award-winning and dedicated faculty members offer diverse and exciting courses, and engage in high-impact teaching through honors courses, independent studies, directed research, senior theses, and regular advising.
  • Students at CCU are immersed in the unique region of the Waccamaw River and the Grand Strand, areas rich in the history and culture of Native American populations, European colonial settlements, Revolutionary War sites, plantation systems and slavery, Gullah Geechee people, agriculture, Civil Rights movements, international migrations, and modern tourism.


Areas of Study:

Students choose from a wide range of general courses in U.S. and world history, including Asia, Atlantic, Europe, Latin America, Pacific, and the Middle East, and from diverse specialized courses on such thematic topics as Cultural Exchange; Digital History; Race & Ethnicity; Religion; Science & Medicine; Southern Studies; War & Society; and Women & Gender.


Beyond the Classroom:

History allows you to launch a career in many areas. The study of history is important for government analysts, military leaders, lawyers, paralegals, journalists, teachers, museum educators, entrepreneurs, archivists, librarians, theologians, politicians, scientists, museum curators, historical interpreters, lobbyists, business people, and many other professions.