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 epidemics in nineteenth-century Britain, magic and witchcraft in early modern Germany, Confederate monuments and white supremacy, women and Catholicism in modern Ireland, and the Great War and the origins of the modern horror genre.

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

Jason Coy, Chair
Office: Maybank 203 
E-mail: coyj@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.8273

Irina Gigova, Associate Chair
Associate Professor of History
Office: Maybank 216
E-mail: gigovai@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.7329

Jacob Steere-Williams, Director, Graduate History Program
Associate Professor of History
Office: Maybank 310
E-mail: steerewilliamsj@cofc.edu
Phone: 843.953.1420

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

Publications by History faculty:                         

Monsters in America Fruits Bodek Drago Coy Book Ingram Coy Kinship
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Cara Book Bernard Powers Book Lovecraft Coy Migration Lisa Covert Book Phyllis Jestice Book
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Wasteland Irish Women haydengoldenfields.jpg bodekmarooned.jpg Coy Devils Delay book cover
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The Filth Disease dark carnivals book cover Catching Fire