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 175

Mid East,610-1453:Formtn Islam


Political, social, cultural and religious history of the Middle East from late antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Cultural identity and political legitimacy within Classical and medieval Islamic civilization. 

Satisfies a requirement in the Arab Studies…

HIS 306

Women & Gender in US to 1870


The history of women in what is now the United States, beginning prior to European colonization and ending after the Civil War.  Comparison and contrast of the experiences of female people with attention to race, class, and religion…

HIS 122

Europe since 1789


Significant political, socio-economic, and intellectual currents in European history since 1789.  

Satisfies the Historical Thought requirement.