Program Overview

Professors at Centenary 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.

Students 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. 

Program Requirements 

Major Requirements

A candidate for the B.A. in History must complete eleven courses (44 hours) total:

  1. Nine courses (36 hours) in history are required, including at least 12 hours from 102,103, 205, and 206. Students must also complete Senior Seminar, HIST 473.

  2. Of these thirty-six hours, sixteen must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

  3. Two supportive courses (8 hours) in political science are required.

Departmental Honors

To be admitted to the Departmental Honors Program, a student must meet the general college requirements for honors programs. An honors student will follow a course of study consisting of a minimum of eight credit hours of independent study in addition to the Seminar in History or the Seminar in Political Science (depending on major). An honors student will complete a written and/or an oral presentation to demonstrate mastery of the discipline of history or the discipline of political science.

Minor Requirements

For a minor in History, students must complete twenty (20) hours of History courses which must meet the following requirements: 1. At least 8 hours of course work in HIST 102, 103, 205, 206.
2. At least 8 hours of courses numbered 300 or above.
3. The remaining 4 required hours can be completed with any additional history courses.

Certification to Teach*

The Department of Education at Centenary prepares students to teach History in secondary schools through an alternative certification program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Undergraduate students may apply to enroll in M.A.T. courses a) upon completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours or b) after completion of the baccalaureate degree. For additional information, please contact the Department of Education (318) 869-5223 or visit the Department’s website to obtain a Department of Education Graduate Catalogue.

Contact Info

Chad Fulwider

Chair of History Department, Associate Professor


Magale Library Basement, Room 23A