In an ever-changing world, understanding our history becomes all the more necessary. It brings us a sense of the complexity and contingency of events. It provides us with rich and diverse perspectives. It informs us about the prevalence of unintended consequences. The history major provides our students with strong critical skills which are valuable to informed citizenship and for a variety of careers.
The History Department is a diverse group of scholars covering many areas of specialization. We pride ourselves on outstanding teaching. We offer small classes that allow a great deal of individual attention. In addition, our faculty advisors offer close contact and personal attention to each student. The history major is a place to get a "small college" education in a big state university.
Our degree requirements offer a great deal of student choice in courses and electives, allowing the pursuit of either a broad educational experience or a focused, thematic study. To all our majors, we offer small classes, and special 15-person seminars as both an introduction to history and as a senior capstone experience. Your advisor can help you explore how you might build a thematic interest into your course selection.
The History B.A. offers students choice and flexibility. It combines the study of history with a broad general education and lets students choose from a wide range of history courses. There is also great opportunity in the B.A. curriculum for electives, which makes it easy to complete one of the 136 minors at NC State.
Ideal for future teachers, this track combines the History B.A. track with several specific history and social science courses required for high school teachers. It also provides individual guidance to help students get a head start on their fifth year degree – the M.A. in Teaching.
The B.S. degree is for students seeking to coordinate the study of history with a concentrated study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). It is the optimal path of study for students completing a minor, or a second major, in a STEM subject.
History Honors students work with an individual faculty mentor to research and write a research Thesis in the junior and senior years.
For those exceptional students looking to begin graduate studies in their senior year, this option provides an opportunity for accelerated study. Its focus is on individual guidance to help high-achieving students shorten the timeline on the path to their M.A. degree.
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Public History in Prague
With the city of Prague as their classroom, a group of NC State students recently experienced the power of public history. During a two-week study abroad course in the Czech Republic, six students visited medieval monuments, a concentration camp and nearly a dozen other sites in and around the capital city.
Students read about new sites each night, then visited them the next day. They studied how historians employ their expertise to enrich each site and also observed visitor interactions. For their final project, students even designed their own historical tours of the city.
Explore our course offerings, tools for research and writing, and career opportunities. Enrich your college experience by joining the History Club and coming to special lectures and events. Be a part of our scholarly community.
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Duan, an assistant professor of Chinese history, studies socio-cultural history in medieval and early modern China, particularly urban history, popular religion and visual/material culture.
McGill, an assistant professor in the Department of History, 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.