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 U.S., African American, British, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, South Asian and East Asian history. You also might find yourself in a class on “Student Protests in China,” "The Modern Body," “Health & Society in Africa,” "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 Chair of the History Department Prof. Patricia Tilburg at patilburg@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

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Education Abroad

The history department sponsors programs in Cambridge 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 provides a platform for history-related content that can be shared with a broad audience.

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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.

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Distinguished Guests

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

History Events

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