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 140

Inventing America


An introduction to the history of the region that would come to be known as British North America and the United States (ca. 1500-1800).

Satisfies History major and minor requirement.
Satisfies Historical Thought requirement.


HIS 322

The Atlantic World, 1492-1700

Guasco, Mangan

Exploration of the European voyages of discovery, cross-cultural encounters, and the conquest of the Americas in the early modern period. Special attention to issues of race and ethnicity and the roles of religion, disease, technology, and the circulation…