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Department of History
History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allow us to interpret the past with clarity, rigor, and an appreciation for interpretative debate. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, history is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible to multiple audiences. As a discipline, history entails a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge.
—American Historical Association Tuning Project: History Discipline Core
Diverse career options
Many history and social studies majors enter careers in education as teachers or administrators. But history majors also work in a number of other professions, incorporating their writing, analytical, and research skills. Our graduates are employed as attorneys, ministers, editors, judges, librarians, counselors, business managers, professional historians, and non-profit directors. A number of our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in history, heritage studies, or law.
Whichever course you decide to follow, your degree will expand your knowledge base and provide a set of highly valued skills that will enrich your life.
Congratulations to Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, associate professor of history, upon winning the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book by a junior scholar in African American women's history, Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II.
Jones-Branch, project scholar for the traveling exhibit, "Changing America," also will present a lecture, "Riding for Justice: The 1961 Freedom Rides," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Ellis Library. Details are on the library website.
Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Phi Alpha Theta Officers
Dr. J. Justin Castro
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You only need 18 hours to complete the minor! If you are not currently an African-American Studies minor and wish to become one, please contact Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch at 972-3291.
BSE Social Science
Nikki Clark & Candace Taylor
MA (Dr. John Galloway Award)
Department Scholarship Winners
Janna Lambert Scholarship
Fairy Conlee Gillespie Memorial History Scholarship
Dr. C. Calvin Smith Scholarship