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 391

Writing Historical Fiction


This course teaches students about history by having them research and write original works of historical fiction.  The course approaches historical fiction with an emphasis on the "historical."  A paper prepared in this course might be a lousy…

HIS 142

The United States since 1900

Aldridge, Stremlau, Wertheimer

American history since the end of Reconstruction up to the modern day. 

Satisfies Historical Thought requirement.

Spring 2021- This course is most suitable for students who are able to attend synchronous

HIS 349

The Vietnam Experience


This course covers the history of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s, its impact on American society, and its influence upon  the United States' role in the world.  The course will cover topics including the policies…