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About the Department

Welcome to the Department of History at the College of Charleston.  History is a wonderful field of study for students.  In our department, you will learn about the past, come to understand the present, and be in a position to shape the future.  A degree in history will give you the tools to understand the world, to add perspective to your knowledge of society and politics, and to improve your critical analytical and writing skills.  Organizations such as the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta (the honor society for students of history) give our students the opportunity to network with each other and build the social skills that will help later on in life.  Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in medicine, law, public history, archive management, museum work, business, teaching, and theology.

Set in the historic city of Charleston, the study of history at the College of Charleston is particularly exciting.  As a glance at our website will show, our majors can do independent research with faculty, win SURF grants, and do internships for academic credit in historic houses, archives, and museums around the Lowcountry.  Our students have studied abroad all over the world, including Brazil, Britain, France, Gambia, Germany, and Israel. History provides a grounding in a number of interdisciplinary fields, such as African Studies, African-American Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, and Urban Studies.

Members of our faculty have written books and articles on topics as diverse as Crime and Punishment in Germany, Satan in American Culture, Children in the American Civil War, Convicts and Orphans, Christian Science, African Americans in Charleston, and Communism.

Please feel free to contact us by email or in person with any questions about the department.

Phyllis Jestice, Chair
Office: Maybank 203 
E-mail: jesticepg@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5938

W. Scott Poole, Associate Chair, Advising
Professor of History
Office: Maybank 218
E-mail: poolews@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.4862

Bill Olejniczak, Director, Graduate History Program
Associate Professor of History
Office: Maybank 308
E-mail: olejniczakb@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.5930

Department of History business offices are located in Maybank Hall 204, 202. 

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