The History Major and Minor at Davidson

The History Department exposes you to the richness, diversity, and complexities of human history during various periods and in different geographic regions, with attention to critical issues such as ethnicity, class, and gender.

Students must complete courses in western, non-western and pre-modern history.

Courses You Might Take

HIS 242

Origins American South


An introduction to the main events, ideas, and issues that have shaped the history of the American South from the era of first contact and colonial settlement through the era of Civil War and Reconstruction (1580s-1870s). Major topics…

HIS 449

Age of Revolution: US in 1960s


A seminar on an important era of changes and transformation in American history. Topics studied include the civil rights movement, the counterculture, the New Left, the Vietnam War, and the women's movement.

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies…

POL 284

U.S. Diplomacy in First Person


This course explores the memoirs and oral histories of American diplomats from post-WWII to the present day, how these individuals shaped policy and the institutions they served, and the leadership and ethical challenges they faced.  Primary and secondary…