Why History at E&H

E&H history majors learn about the past and hone the skills needed to succeed in today’s skill-centered, globalized world.

You will learn how to analyze paper and digital sources, weigh competing historical claims, consider different global perspectives, develop your own informed opinions, and communicate your thoughts in speaking and in writing. In other words, you’ll acquire the prerequisites for success in any profession.   

A hallmark of the E&H history program is undergraduate research where students are mentored by faculty and go on to publish their studies and present them at professional conferences. In fact, a recent student was honored with a top-ten paper award at the 2017 national meeting of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honors society for the social sciences.

Students also thrive in a region rich with history. The college itself is a designated Virginia Historic Landmark, one of many in the area. The cemetery near campus has 206 Civil War graves, and the original construction of the college administration building was a barracks and hospital during the conflict. In nearby Abingdon, the Martha Washington Inn, the Cave House, and Barter Theatre are historic destinations, and the Washington County Historical Society is a valuable resource. Museums within a short drive include Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Saltville’s Museum of the Middle Appalachians.

Students from Dr. Shannon's Connections course after a discussion with a visiting scholar from Iran. Fall 2016.Students from Dr. Shannon's Connections course after a discussion with a visiting scholar from Iran. Fall 2016.

Students with Dr. Wells in Pompeii as part of an Emory Abroad course. Winter 2018.Students with Dr. Wells in Pompeii as part of an Emory Abroad course. Winter 2018.