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Welcome to the History Major!

The Department of History is committed to providing students with a superior education through challenging and innovative course work, exposure to professional methods, and unique opportunities to gain experience beyond the classroom through service-learning projects, travel opportunities, and internships.

All our faculty have PhDs in History and focus on preparing students for graduate study, teaching, law, journalism and other professional work. The program includes an emphasis in American, European, and non-western civilizations, including African and Chinese History, thereby offering our students a global perspective. Additionally, through our Department’s clubs, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Society, the International Relations Club and Pi Gamma Mu, we see to it that our students experience the power of association.

Our overarching aim is to create engaged and informed citizens who are capable of effectively participating in, and contributing to, the society in which they live, armed with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles.

We have a dynamic department with students getting ready to take on the world. We hope you will explore what we have to offer.


Lia Roberts, PhD, Professor, Department Chair, History, Political Science

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Political Science
MA, University of Tennessee, Department of Political Science
BA, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Department of Political Science


 Dr. Patricia Ash

Advisor for the History Major

Department of History and Political Science

Degree Requirements