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In a complex world, understanding history is more important than ever.

Why History?

Join us in the History Department

Apply to our programs. We offer three undergraduate degrees: the History B.A., the History B.A. (Teacher Education Concentration), and the History B.S. — as well as a History Minor, the History Honors Program, and an Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program. We also offer three graduate degrees: the History M.A., the Public History M.A., and the Public History Ph.D.

With more than 25 full-time faculty members who cover a range of historical specialties, our degree programs allow students the flexibility to explore their historical interests while preparing for the future.


Dr. Alicia McGill, Negotiating Heritage Through Education and Archaeology: Colonialism, National Identity, and Resistance in Belize (University Press of Florida)

Edited by Dr. James Crisp, Inside the Texas Revolution: The Enigmatic Memoir of Herman Ehrenberg (Texas State Historical Assn)

Dr. Daniel Bolger, The Panzer Killers: The Untold Story of a Fighting General and his Spearhead Tank Division's Charge into the Third Reich (Penguin Random House) LLC 

Dr. Frederico Freitas, Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border (Cambridge University Press)

Dr. Blair Kelley, Four Hundred Souls, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (One World)

Emeritus Professor, James Crisp's book, Inside the Texas Revolution: The Enigmatic Memoir of Herman Ehrenberg, has received the Dwight L. Smith Award for the best reference work published in 2021 in the history of the American West.

Dr. Frederico Freitas book, Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border (Cambridge University Press) was awarded an honorable mention for the Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Prize in Best Book in Social Science of Brazil for the Latin American Studies Association’s Brazil section. 

Dr. Blair Kelley named a Fellow at the National Humanities Center for 2022-23.

Dr. Tammy Gordon received a Hagley Museum and Library Oral History Project Grant to support her research project “Aikido Dojos, Transnational Exchange, and Small Business: An Oral History.”

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Dr. Alicia McGill

Dr. Alicia McGill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and contributes to the PhD program in Public History. She has always been fascinated by human diversity in the past and present and the ways that people connect with history and have conducted archaeological and cultural anthropology research in Cyprus, Honduras, Belize, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Prior to teaching at NC State, she was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University, South Bend. 

She has conducted extensive research in Belize, focusing on the ways constructions of the past are promoted through public venues like tourism, education, and archaeological practice, and how these constructions shape the cultural production of young citizens. She is particularly interested in the ways messages about the past are interpreted and negotiated by teachers and youth as they navigate racial and ethnic politics in the present. Her most recent publications focus on national cultural diversity rhetoric in the Belizean state and intersections between colonial dynamics, community connections with the natural landscape, and local heritage work.

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