Department of History

Message from the Chair

Jason CoyThe knowledge and skills that students gain as History majors are vital for preparing for the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Today’s problems—epidemic disease, racial oppression, political unrest, violent extremism, environmental crises, economic inequality—also confronted people in the past, and historians’ efforts to understand how they faced these threat provide valuable insights for us today. Our faculty, made up of dynamic teacher-scholars, offer courses that afford students a fascinating glimpse into how societies in the past sought to overcome these threats and how they changed in the process. Likewise, the History major equips graduates with valuable skills for launching successful careers after graduation. read more

Professor Jason Coy
Department Chair

Department News

Congratulations History Award Winners
We recently celebrated several top history students at our annual Department of History Awards & Paper Symposium. The 2022 winners were: Kennedy Caldwell & Lilly Fair — HSS Scholars Kennedy Caldwell — Outstanding History Student Award Karissa Venezia — Outstanding History Student Service Award Regan Meloon — The William Moultrie Cup Katie Gardner — The Douglas & Elizabeth […]
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Professor Jestice Hosts Medieval Dinner
Recently, Professor Phyllis Jestice hosted 25 student members of the Medieval Society at her home. This festive dinner party featured lively discussion over several medieval dishes. Highlights included Bourbelier de Sanglier, Erbolat, and Red Rose Pudding. Yum!
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History Students Present Research at P.A.T. Conference
Recently, two of our history students presented their research at the Carolinas Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Belmont Abbey College. Pictured below is Micah Shull, an undergrad who presented a paper titled, “One Kingdom: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Anglo-Saxon Kings of the Ninth Century.” Graduate student Chayyim Holtkamp presented, “Cattle, Gold, and Spectacle: […]
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