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History Department

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The History major challenges students to understand the present by knowing the short- and long-term causes that have brought it into existence. Students learn that all events are the result of a complex interaction of forces, including ideas, political and economic developments and social and cultural conditions.

Since historical investigation requires logical thinking, critical analysis, imagination and intuition, History majors develop important skills that apply in a variety of careers. Students learn to recognize the significance of the sequential nature of events and to bring order to seemingly random facts. Plus, historical knowledge fosters an appreciation of human diversity, a global perspective and a rich comprehension of the contemporary world and one’s own experience.

History pairs well with many other majors, and it is an excellent foundation for careers in teaching, research, law, politics and government, community service and business.


College Catalog

For more information about courses for the History Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

"I have become a much improved scholar, researcher, teacher, student and person. In history, I completed an eye-opening research experience and gained a true love for learning about the past. As a teacher, I have developed classroom management and a stronger voice. I feel prepared for the life ahead of me."

Katie Copeland '16
History and Education Studies double major
  • History Major and Minor: The A.B. degree in History requires 32 credit hours for the major and 16 for the minor. Students may choose an area of historical specialization but must take at least one course in each of the following three geographical areas: United States, Europe and non-Western.
  • Early World History Track: The minor in Early World History consists of four courses covering such topics as Colonial Latin America, Medieval civilization, Africa before 1800, Imperial China and Ancient Greece.
  • European History Track: The minor in European History consists of four courses covering such topics as Renaissance Florence, the French Revolution and immigration.
  • Modern World History Track: The minor in Modern World History consists of four courses covering such topics as the Second World War, Civil War and Reconstruction and history of Chinese women.
  • U.S. History Track: The minor in U.S. History consists of four courses covering such topics as American Rivers, American Frontiers and the Underground Railroad.

History Department News and Events

Wrestling With the Future

Wrestling With the Future

Garrett Griffith ’20 says shares how his football career led him to Guilford College and his future career as a history teacher.

Getting Down to Business

Getting Down to Business

Philosophy major Andrew Munster ’20 reflects on his time at Guilford as he prepares for the joint JD/MBA program at Cleveland State in Ohio.

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

From transfer student to graduate school, McKinley Keener ’20 shares how Guilford College provided the education she was looking for and helped her reach her dreams.

Contact Us

Damon Akins

Damon Akins

Associate Professor of History

Zhihong Chen

Zhihong Chen

Associate Professor of History

Tiffany Holland

Tiffany Holland

Part Time Lecturer of History

Tim Kircher

Tim Kircher

H. Curt and Patricia S. Hege Professor of History

Philip Slaby

Philip Slaby

Associate Professor of History

Sarah Thuesen

Sarah Thuesen

Assistant Professor of History