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Bachelor of Arts

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.

What You'll Study
  • As part of the B.A. in history program, you will be immersed in and learn about 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.
  • You can also choose minors, including African diaspora studies, cultural heritage studies (undergraduate certificate) or military science.
  • 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.
Experiences Beyond the Classroom

History at CCU provides you with hands-on experiences through various internships, archival research, digital projects, study-abroad programs, paper presentations and local excursions.

History prepares students 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. Our alumni are interpreters at historic sites; in graduate programs in city/regional planning, divinity, history, instructional technology, law, library and information science, student affairs, etc.; educators in museums and schools; and more.


Students who major in history 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 and ethnicity; religion; science and medicine; Southern studies; war and society; and women and gender.

The department also offers an anthropology minor that focuses on archeology and culture, illuminating human diversity and origins, and a peace and conflict studies minor that focuses on causes and consequences of conflict as well as strategies for conflict resolution. The department also offers 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.