• Global Understanding

    Courses in the history department span the globe and many are cross-listed with other departments, including courses in Latin American Studies, Chinese Studies and Middle East Studies.

    Jane Mangan
  • Outdoor Office Hours

    All professors encourage students to attend office hours, which tend to be scheduled periods or made by appointment, but you'll also find yourself casually meeting with professors around campus.

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    Peter Krentz
  • Distinguished Guests

    In addition to attending lectures, history students often have opportunities to spend quality class time with distinguished campus visitors, such as former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye.

    John Wertheimer


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History Department

The study of history is critically important in our  increasingly complex world and plays an indispensable role in a liberal arts education. the study of history not only cultivates an understanding of the past, but also develop your intellectual, analytical, writing, and rhetorical abilities. Consequently, the study of history prepares you for a variety of careers.

The History Department exposes you to the richness, diversity, and complexities of human history during various periods and in different geographic regions. Regular course offerings include American, African American, British, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, South Asian and East Asian history. You also might find yourself in a class on "Magic and Witchcraft," "The Modern Body," "Piracy in the Americas" or "Jihad and Crusade."

History can be a perfect discipline in which to indulge an interest in politics, policy, and issues of contemporary concern. As historians and teachers, professors of history at Davidson pay attention to critical issues such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, equality, power, and justice.

For more information about majoring in history at Davidson, please contact Professor Jonathan Berkey, chair of the History Department.