Our department is committed to deeper conceptualizations of cultural heritages from across the globe. Our faculty members help students develop a critical understanding of the many varied pasts as well as enhance writing, research, analytical, and rhetorical skills. Of the many subjects students will encounter, history is the key discipline that integrates insights from the arts, sciences, economics, politics, literature, religions, and philosophies into a synthetic examination of the human experience. The wide variety of courses we offer expose students to the complexities of the human experience in different geographic regions, and across class, race, ethnicity, and gender. Our classes highlight the social, political, economic and cultural values with which people ordered their world. History alumni have pursued successful careers in business, law, teaching, government, and the non-profit sector.
Take classes with us! See the Spring 2015 Course Schedule with description here.
“The Fantastic Laboratory: A Forgotten Disease, A Forgotten Vaccine, and Two Brave Scientists Who Manipulated the Nazis.” This lecture by Arthur Allen deals with typhus, a gruesome lice-born disease that menaced soldiers and citizens alike during World II. Two Polish scientists, one a Christian, one a Jew, managed to survive the Nazi occupation of Poland by supplying their valuable knowledge of a complex typhus vaccine to German troops while smuggling effective doses to Jews–even under the noses of concentration camp guards. Arthur Allen, a science writer, former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, and current editor of Politico Pro e-health, shares this forgetten story of science, conscience, and heroic risk-taking during wartime from his recent book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl. This event will be held on Monday, February 23, at 4:00 in ZSR Auditorium (Room 404). It is free and open to the public.
“The Idlewild Conference: A Day Long Series of Conversations on Race, Gender, Religion, and Capitalism in the U.S. South.” Sessions will include Beyond the Promised Land: Migration, Southern Spaces, and Black Studies; From Atlanta to Africa: The New Black South and the Globalized Gospel of Success; and The Neo-blues: Black Bodies and Southern Legacies. Invited guests include Keri Day from Brite Divinity School; K. Merinda Simmons from the University of Alabama; Houston A. Baker from Vanderbilt University;Tommy Curry from Texas A&M University; and William D. Hart from UNC-Greensboro. This event will be held in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall from 9:00 to 5:00 on Friday, February 27, 2015. It is free and open to the public.
Recent news: On 19 May, we marked Commencement with our graduating seniors. On Wednesday, 4/30, we held our annual Phi Alpha Theta Initiation and Awards Dinner. These students won awards:
- Forrest W. Clonts Award for Excellence in History: Aubrey Peterson
- W.J. Cash Award for Studies in Southern History: Liam McIntyre
- Richard Worden Griffin Research Prize in Asian, African, or Latin American History: Joseph DeRosa
- Chilton Pearson Research Prize in United States History: Emily Anderson
- Forrest W. Clonts Research Prize in European History: Deshawna Kiker
- Stephen Vella Prize for Excellence in Writing: Robert Wilson, III
For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Frank, Department Chair.