History at Davidson

The study of history is critically important in our increasingly complex world and plays an indispensable role in a liberal arts education.

The study of history not only cultivates an understanding of the past, but also develops your intellectual, analytical, writing, and rhetorical abilities. Consequently, the study of history prepares you for a variety of careers.

The History Department exposes you to the richness, diversity, and complexities of human history during various periods and in different geographic regions. Regular course offerings include American, African American, British, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, South Asian and East Asian history. You also might find yourself in a class on "Magic and Witchcraft," "The Modern Body," "Piracy in the Americas" or "Jihad and Crusade."

History can be a perfect discipline in which to indulge an interest in politics, policy, and issues of contemporary concern. As historians and teachers, professors of history at Davidson pay attention to critical issues such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, equality, power, and justice.

For more information about majoring in history at Davidson, please email the Acting Chair of the History Department Prof. Jane Mangan at jamangan@davidson.edu.

Honors Program

The Kendrick Kelley Honors Program provides a unique opportunity for outstanding history seniors to produce a significant piece of historical research, including funds for travel to archives around the world.

About the Program

Punters on the River in Cambridge

Education Abroad

The history department sponsors programs in Cambridge, India, and Peru. Additionally, the Education Abroad Office offers programs on six continents.

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The Davidson History Journal

Created and edited by students, the Davidson History Journal seeks to provide an outlet for any history-related content and to share these accomplishments with a wider audience.

Prof. Jonathan Berkey Meets with Students Outside

Global Understanding

Courses in the history department span the globe; many are cross-listed with other departments, including courses in Latin American Studies, Chinese Studies and Middle East Studies.

A panel of Distinguished Changemakers

Distinguished Guests

In addition to attending lectures, history students often have opportunities to spend quality class time with distinguished campus visitors.


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Mailing Address

Box 7128
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035