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 119

Inventing England: Rel & Power


Political, constitutional, religious, and social history of England from Roman times through the medieval and early modern periods.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History requirement.


HIS 234

The Holocaust


According to a 2018 survey, over half of millennials have never heard of Auschwitz, the Nazi's most famous death and labor camp system. However, even Auschwitz represents just one of the myriad experiences that we now understand as…

HIS 389

Women, Gender&Sexuality Japan


This course explores gender dynamics and the lives of women in Japan from the nineteenth century to the present day. It introduces students to the gendered dimensions of Confucianism, marriage, paid employment and unpaid work, parenting, war, political…