The courses offered by the History Department are designed to make an essential contribution to a liberal education by providing the general student with a comprehensive and integrated knowledge of human history; to provide the training necessary for more advanced study in history; and to provide the practical knowledge of historical and political developments which is an essential part of the preparation of those students expecting to enter the professions of law, government service, politics, education, and business.
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Reasons to Major in History
The student who chooses to major in history will engage in a distinctive set of educational experiences. By examining people, places, and institutions of the past, students will develop an appreciation of themselves and their own society as well as other people and their cultures.
Historians investigate the deeds and ideas of the past. By considering the lives, problems, and achievements of earlier generations, historians seek explanations for how and why humans have either changed conditions in their world or have resisted change. By interpreting past human experiences, historians find clues for addressing both the present and the future.
The department is proud of its graduates. They have pursued careers as lawyers, judges, professors, businessmen, ministers, government officials, and diplomats. Majors have pursued graduate studies, often with prestigious national scholarships, at Rice University, the University of Delaware, the University of Houston, and Emory University. Others have attended nationally recognized law schools, including William and Mary and Tulane.
Why Centenary for History
Professors direct majors in conducting research and engaging in critical thinking and reading. They guide students not only in mastering information but in skillfully communicating their own conclusions by speaking and writing effectively.
History majors have a record of achievement. During the past decade, more than a dozen students have won awards for their research and have had those papers published. Two students have been honored as summer fellows at the prestigious Historic Deerfield Program.
History majors with high grades may be eligible to become members of Centenary's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. Study abroad programs include an international relations program at the University of London and a summer program at Oxford. The Washington Semester program, offered in cooperation with American University, is available to majors interested in studying in our nation's capital. Internships are also available, including those in the emerging field of public history students experience working with museums, archives, and local businesses.