History - Coastal Carolina University
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Learn how to apply history in ways to facilitate communication between societies and cultures, and to make history relevant and real to the greater public.

Develop multifaceted research skills; learn how to use critical analysis to understand individuals and societies; synthesize large quantities of information and make this accessible in clear writing and oral presentation. By studying history, you will have the chance to pursue many different careers in countless professions and industries. The history program has energetic and dynamic faculty who apply their research in the classroom, active student organizations, and a lively community with strong, close bonds between faculty and students.


History majors have the highest early career and mid-career salaries of the humanities and exceed many STEM majors.

Where History Can Take You

History majors work in diverse careers: teaching, academic advising, and student affairs; museums, government, and other related fields; law, politics, journalism, public policy, business, and technology. History majors often become leaders in their careers.

“Like many students, I originally went to Coastal for Marine Science. However, the history faculty ignited a spark in me I never knew I had. Since graduating, my history career has taken me from maritime museums to the Smithsonian, to my current role where I manage a historic house and design museum. I enjoy sharing my passion for history with others and engaging the public in meaningful ways. My time at CCU encouraged me to keep learning, growing, and asking questions about the world around me. It launched a career I never knew was possible, and one that I truly love!"

- Amanda Ferrario, B.A. History 2011
M.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College
Manager, Octagon Museum

“History at CCU prepared me for a career in the practice of law. History taught me how to conduct research efficiently, think critically, and to express myself in a manner that is clear and persuasive. From the moment I set foot in law school, I was grateful to have the skills that I developed studying history at Coastal."

- James Lawler, B.A. History 2019
J.D. Syracuse University College of Law 2023

History at Coastal

With award-winning faculty teaching history courses in such themes as social justice, science and technology, war and peace, small student-to-faculty ratios allow for individualized attention and a solid foundation in job skills.

Meet a Recent Grad:
Ra-Quell Parker
History, 2023

John Navin (added 9/20/19) MCD 760

Meet a Faculty Member:
Dr. John Navin


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Program Contact

Chris Gunn 2024 (Added 4/11/24) MCD

Dr. Chris Gunn
Chair, History
BRTH 380

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