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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.
President: Zachary Elledge
Vice President: Nikki Clark
Secretary: Meghan Pope
Treasurer: Caleb Sugg
Historian: Jeffrey Davidson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. LaQuita Saunders
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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