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 163

Place & Nation in Modrn Lat Am


This course introduces students to Latin American history through themes related to place and space.  Newly independent nations were eager to defend, define, and regulate territory as well as public and domestic spaces.  By following the hows and…

HIS 267

Health & Society in Africa


Histories of health, healing, and disease control in Africa from c. 1500 to the present.  Explores the ways African people and states have conceived of and responded to relationships between human and natural environment, between individual and collective…

HIS 384



This course covers the history of the city of Shanghai from the nineteenth century until the present day. Readings and assignments focus on Shanghai's transformation from a sleepy fishing village into an international treaty port in the nineteenth…