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With a campus listed on the National Register for Historic Places, E&H is the ideal place for exploring the history of our region, nation, and world. 

History majors study the past with an analytic eye and a critical perspective. That means you do more than memorize a series of dates and events — you learn to study patterns of change over time, identify major historical themes, and consider the implications of the past for the present.

Students take courses on many regions, periods, and themes while working with faculty members with strengths in antiquity, colonial America, and modern political and international history. Our classes are small—usually 10 to 20 students—and most involve a great deal of discussion and student participation.

As a history major, you will pursue original research, learn how to teach, train in internship programs, and take advantage of various experiential learning opportunities, particularly study abroad.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Applied History and Social Sciences

    o provide students with broad experience in history and social science theory and practice in preparation for advanced studies, professional schools, or careers with state and federal governments, non-profit foundations, or other organizations.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Education- Interdisciplinary History and Integrative Social Science, Elementary and Middle School PK-6,6-8

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach history and social sciences in the elementary and middle schools.

  • Minor, History with Emphasis on African-American Studies

    This minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the histories, cultures, political economies, regional relationships, and literary and artistic expressions of African Americans over time, with multi-disciplinary studies of the African-American experience. A student may complete this minor with History 234, 335, and another history course chosen in consultation with the department; English 364 when the topic is African-American Literature; and two courses chosen from the following: History 220, 306, 316, Geography 111, Political Science 103 or 117, and Sociology 270.

  • Bachelor of Arts, History

    To provide students with an integrated path of study that includes surveys of various historical regions and periods, the techniques of historical research and writing, and practical and professional experience. To prepare students for advanced study or careers in archival work, historical preservation, government service, international studies, library work, law, and teaching.

  • Master of Arts, History

    To provide a degree appropriate for a person seeking certification to teach history or social studies with endorsement for Virginia and states with reciprocal agreements concerning credentials. To provide the proof required for competency and mastery according to federal guidelines

  • Minor, History

    A student may minor in history by completing History 111 or 112, 205, 305, and three additional courses selected in consultation with the department.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary History and Integrative Social Sciences and Teacher Preparation- PK-6,6-8

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach history and social sciences in the elementary and middle schools. To provide students with a foundational program of study in history and social sciences focused on interdisciplinary and integrative learning. To enable students to meet the goals and expectations of advanced coursework in graduate and professional schools. To provide a degree appropriate for a person seeking a master’s in education or in another area of master’s level work.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">The Cold War Heats Up: An Analysis of the Personal Relationship Between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev c c. 1961-1963</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><strong><picture class="lw_image lw_image409 lw_align_left"> <source type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/500/height/667/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg 3x"/> <img width="611" height="815" alt="Jones meeting Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev." src="/live/image/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.rev.1501861053.jpg" srcset="http://www.ehc.edu/live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.jpg 2x, http://www.ehc.edu/live/image/scale/3x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </strong></p><p><strong>Missy Jones ’19</strong> is using her History major to research the personal relationship between JFK and Khrushchev to try and explain the ease of tension in the Cold War that existed even before the Detante era of the 1970s. Jones’s hometown is near Boston, so she has been able to visit the JFK presidential library and attend events hosted by the local JFK museum, which is in the same town that the Kennedy’s have their compound.</p></div>
  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">The Constitutional Confusion of the Establishment Clause in the Aftermath of Perry v. Van Orden and McCreary County v. ACLU</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> In his senior honors thesis, <strong>Justin Hoover ’08</strong>, a political science and history double-major, shows why the Supreme Court’s constitutional “tests” to analyze unconstitutional interferences between church and state are incapable of resolving complex social and political issues involving religion. This honors thesis won the Emory & Henry College Undergraduate Research Prize in 2008. Justin graduated from the Marshall–Wythe School of Law at William & Mary in 2011.</p></div>