Programs in History

History (Bachelor of Arts)

Explore the Atlantic world, women and gender, medicine and science, war and society, transregional and global, digital history and culture. Learn the skillset of numerous professional and academic fields: research, analysis, writing, and global awareness. Take advantage of our 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. The past has never been more present.

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History and Social Studies Education (Bachelor of Arts; Coming Fall 2024)

The Department of History is thrilled to announce the launch of our new major in collaboration with the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences: the Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Social Studies Education (HSSE).

This is a four-year undergraduate program that prepares students to be successful career educators. It combines courses that allow students to meet their education certification requirements to teach social studies in high school with courses in history and closely related fields to ensure students become content experts.The HSSE major combines the skills of a historian, such as understanding complex, global perspectives and conducting research, with the skills of an educator, such as communicating effectively and thinking critically.

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Middle Grades Education Social Studies Minor

This minor is designed for Middle Level Education Major seeking licensure in Secondary (9-12 Grades) Social Studies. The minor gives a greater breadth of social studies knowledge, specifically in history and sociology. Combined with Middle Level Education program requirements, this minor provides coursework to prepare these majors to potentially add-on Secondary Social Studies.

See Brandon Palmer ( or Carolyn Dillian ( for more information about this minor. 

For a list of this minor's requirements click here

Military Science Minor

The Military Science minor is designed for students who are enrolled in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). The minor allows ROTC cadets to better understand the history of war and conflict, and the history of the U.S. military, in particular. Armed with such knowledge, military science minors will be better leaders and critical thinkers in today's military forces as well as in public- and private-sector careers. In an increasingly complex world fraught with tension, such historical perspective offers lessons and potential resolutions. The minor stands at 18 credit hours of coursework drawn from ROTC and history courses.

See Chad Hodkins ( or Brandon Palmer ( for more information about this minor.

For a list of this minor's requirements click here.

Southern Studies Minor 

The Southern Studies Minor at Coastal Carolina University teaches students about the American South. Because of the campus location, this is a relevant minor to all students who attend CCU. Students in this minor will explore the history of the South, including racial tensions, the Civil Rights movement, development, and more through historical examples, texts, and media.‌

See Madison Cates ( or Kevin Kokomoor ( for more information about this minor.  

For a list of the this minor’s requirements, go here.

Peace and Conflict Studies Minor                                                             

The Peace and Conflict Studies minor takes a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach to studying inclusive and sustainable strategies for managing, transforming, and resolving conflict and promoting peaceful societies, systems, policies, and institutions. The curriculum explores theoretical foundations and practical strategies (advocacy, consensus-building, partnership development, and intervention tools) for advancing human rights, social justice, restorative goals, and cultural awareness by exploring real life settings and situations. Foundation courses prepare students to more closely examine questions related to peace and conflict across the undergraduate curriculum. The minor also provides students with an enhanced understanding of the varied causes, conduct, and consequences of conflict, representations of conflict and peace, theories of conflict mitigation and resolution, practices in humanitarian assistance, and related mechanisms for the prevention and containment of violence through statecraft and international peace promotion efforts and organizations. The PACS curriculum also includes multiple opportunities to prepare for taking the Foreign Service Exam, which is offered every semester and available through the CCU Testing Center.

See Chris Gunn ( or Matt Cobb ( for more information about this minor. 

For a list of the this minor’s requirements, go here

War and Society Minor

The War and Society minor explores the social, cultural, political, military, and strategic challenges and struggles associated with conflict and war. A capstone course invites students to reflect broadly and comparatively on these developments at the individual, collective, institutional, national, and regional levels.

See Philip Whalen ( for more information about this minor.

For a list of the this minor’s requirements, go here.