Explore the past with the Department of History and its strong, diverse program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Their outstanding faculty teaches and publishes on areas around the globe, and are especially interested in the histories of slavery; the American South; race and civil rights; science, technology, and the environment; culture; gender; and religion. Several of the department’s professors have won the University's Mungo awards for excellent teaching, as well as numerous fellowships and prizes for their innovative research.
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).
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.
Study abroad is encouraged and the Department of History has a partnership with 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.
Depending on their interests, graduate students can earn one of two master's degrees — history or public history. One of the oldest programs in the country, the public history program trains students for careers in museum administration, archive management and historic preservation. It is the only public history program in the country to win the prestigious Robert Kelley Memorial Award, recognizing its “distinguished and outstanding achievements in public history.”
Graduate students can also earn their Ph.D. in History or certificates either in historical archaeology and cultural resource management or in museum management.