Graduate Program

Master of Arts in History

Randolph Hall, College of Charleston

 Lauren Davila

The latest College of Charleston Magazine has a wonderful article on our own Lauren Davila. Lauren earned her BA & MA right here in the Department of History, and she's currently an adjunct professor for us. As a grad student, Lauren, 'uncovered the largest known domestic slave auction, which took place in Charleston.' Click to read about Lauren's historic discovery!





Students in the Master of Arts in History program at the College of Charleston are challenged in ways that enhance their education and provide access to the larger scholarly discussion in historical scholarship. This program -- offered jointly with the Citadel Graduate College -- features small classes rich in stimulating discussion and analysis. The City of Charleston provides ample archival resources, research sites, and employment opportunities.

The program offers a Concentration in Public History. Students enrolled in the concentration will gain experience in the field through community-partner coursework, graduate assistantships, and internship positions in a variety of public history institutions in and around the city of Charleston. The concentration collaborates with several resources on the CofC campus including the Avery Research Center, the South Carolina Historical Society Archives, The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston. Additionally, the program offers an emphasis in African American history that exists as an interdisciplinary program.

The history faculty and our partners at the Citadel offer a wealth of expertise in United States history, European history, or global history. The faculty has research specialties in a variety of fields, including:

  • Public History
  • Southern History
  • African-American History
  • History of the Atlantic World
  • History of Religion
  • History of Popular Culture
  • African History
  • European History
  • History of Gender and Sexuality
  • History of the Twentieth Century       

The Master of Arts in History provides an excellent preparation for students who choose to continue their education by pursuing doctoral study in history, pursue opportunities in public history, or continue in an already established career.