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College of Arts and Sciences


History is the study of the human past as described in the written documents left by human beings.

At the College of Arts & Sciences, there are more than 400 undergraduates and some 60 graduate students studying history.  They focus on American, European, non-Western, and Public History.  The History Department is a pioneer in the Southeast in developing a faculty with global expertise offering courses in the history of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

One of the department’s greatest strengths is Southern history, including the experiences of African Americans and women in the region.

Undergraduates can choose from a wide array of courses.  A selected number of history majors or minors can compete to spend their sophomore, junior or senior year (or a spring or fall semester) at the University of Warwick, Coventry, which has the United Kingdom’s second-highest-ranked History Department.

Of special interest to history students is the University of South Carolina’s History Center, which offers a variety of programming, including public lectures, seminars, colloquia, a works-in-progress series, and sessions on pedagogy throughout the academic year.

Successful completion of the undergraduate requirements will lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

People with degrees in history will have career opportunities as educators (elementary and secondary schools, historic sites and museums); researchers (museums and historical organizations, think tanks, cultural resources management and historic preservation); communicators (writers and editors, journalists, documentary editors, archivists, librarians, information managers, producers of multimedia material); advocates (legislative staffers, lawyers and paralegals), and business people (historians in corporations, contract historians, historians for nonprofit associations).

For more information, contact:

Department of History, 803-777-5195.

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