A deep cultural understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world are integral components of a liberal arts education and necessary for effective leadership on local, national, and international levels.
Our students embrace education abroad—three-quarters of the student body travel abroad for research, service, work or internship opportunities.
The history department sponsors three programs – in Cambridge, India, and Peru. Additionally, the Office of Education Abroad offers study abroad programs on six continents.
Study at England's most famous university for a summer. Jointly sponsored by the English and History Departments, and limited to 30 students, the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge has been part of Davidson curriculum for more than 30 years. The program focuses on the history and literature of late 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Each week features morning lectures conceived as a mini-unit, some even delivered "on site," with travel. Designed to immerse students in British culture, the program features:
- British scholars, most from the Cambridge University community
- Curriculum that replicates the British educational system
- Topics chosen specifically so that students can experience their subjects first-hand
Often described as "life-changing" by participants, our Semester in India Program has been offered since 1981 and is among the oldest study abroad opportunities in India offered by a U.S. liberal arts college. The program offers a chance to "live history," immersed in one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. The Semester-in-India program offers:
- Lectures and discussions delivered by Indian academics, officials, and resource persons in courses based at Madras Christian College in Chennai
- Guided travel throughout India (and more recently, trips to the United Arab Emirates and Oman)
Davidson in Peru
Experience Peru from the Amazon to the Andes, Lima, Bolivia, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail and more. Based in Arequipa, a city known for its whitewashed colonial buildings at the foot of an inactive volcano roughly 7,000 feet above sea level, students live with Peruvian families while taking classes at the Universidad de San Pablo. You have the freedom to choose from a selection of program-designed courses:
- Taught by San Pablo professors
- A course taught by the Davidson professor and program director
- Full (and extensive) complement of regular university courses
Many students also participate in volunteer activities. Two lengthy journeys bookend the 14 weeks in Arequipa and expose students to varied Peruvian landscapes from coastal desert to mountainous highlands to Amazonian jungle.
Professor John Wertheimer of the History Department, is resident director for fall 2013. In fall 2014, Professor Matt Samson, Anthropology Department, will lead the program. Davidson in Peru first ran in 2007 after being created by two Latin American Studies professors, Russell Crandall, Political Science Department, and Jane Mangan, History Department.
History majors may petition to have a course transferred as UNS 199 count toward the major by asking the department chair to review the syllabus and other course materials.