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 184

Modern East Asia


This course covers the societies, cultures, politics, and economies of China, Japan, and Korea from 1850 to the present. By reading a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will consider interpretations of the past that continue to…

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…

POL 284

U.S. Diplomacy in First Person


This course explores the memoirs and oral histories of American diplomats from post-WWII to the present day, how these individuals shaped policy and the institutions they served, and the leadership and ethical challenges they faced.  Primary and secondary…