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.


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 MinorThe 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

Access and Equity

Access and Equity

Sarah C. K. Moore ’00 took the passion for equity that she fostered at Guilford to her position as program director at the Center for Applied Linguistics.

Teaching History, Shaping the Future

Teaching History, Shaping the Future

Jocelyn Foshay '17 reflects on her time at Guilford and what's next for her…

An International Life

An International Life

Ryan Sanders ’12 developed his passion for the German language at Guilford, and went on to become a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Austria.

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Damon Akins

Damon Akins

Associate Professor of History

Zhihong Chen

Zhihong Chen

Associate Professor of History

Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton

Part-Time Lecturer in History

Tiffany Holland

Tiffany Holland

Part Time Lecturer of History

Adrienne Israel

Adrienne Israel

Professor of History

Tim Kircher

Tim Kircher

Professor of History

Philip Slaby

Philip Slaby

Associate Professor of History

Sarah Thuesen

Sarah Thuesen

Assistant Professor of History