History Major

Develop a unique perspective and understanding of the human condition.

You'll appreciate the global past and engage in the present to shape the future. You'll explore history's culture, politics and societies. Add perspective to your knowledge of world events and improve your critical, analytical and writing skills. You'll be ready for a career or graduate school.

Why study history at the College of Charleston?

Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It's a unique and special place for the study of history. You'll gain experience through internships in historic houses, archives and museums. You'll also have several opportunities to study abroad.

What will I learn?

The skills you gain as a history major are vital for confronting the challenges facing us in the 21st century. You will collect, evaluate and analyze evidence. You will learn how to build and defend arguments based on this evidence. Hone your research, writing and communication skills.

View Curriculum: History

Program Highlights

Surrounded by the historic city of Charleston, it's exciting to study history. You may pursue independent research. You may win grants and fellowships. Complete internships in historic houses, archives and museums around the Lowcountry.
  • Hands-On Learning


    You'll conduct independent research with faculty. You may win Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grants. You may develop, complete and publish your own research.

    Internship Opportunities
    We will help you find an internship to develop the important skills for life outside of the classroom. Recent students have completed internships in the Charleston area. 
    • Historic Charleston Foundation
    • H.L. Hunley
    • Charleston Library Society
    • Avery Research Center
    • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
    • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
    • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
  • Study Abroad

    We lead study abroad programs around the world. Gain first-hand knowledge about the people and places you study in the classroom. Majors are encouraged to apply for our departmental experiential learning grants to help cover the cost of program fees. Recent programs have traveled to:
    • Brazil.
    • Britain.
    • France.
    • Germany.
    • Italy.
    • Senegal.
    • Spain.

  • Location

    Charleston is a special place to study history. As a port city, Charleston was witness to many people, events and changes. Today, Charleston has world-renowned museums and archives. You'll have the opportunity to ask important questions, uncover forgotten stories and grapple with challenging history.

Careers & Outcomes

In today’s rapidly changing society, the ability to think and write is important. These skills have real, long-term value, whatever your eventual career. Our graduates have launched careers in fields like:
  • museums.
  • archives.
  • public relations firms.
  • publishing houses.
  • law firms.
  • schools and universities.
  • major corporations.
  • the federal government.
  • international non-profits.

About the Minor

A minor in history is perfect for anyone curious about the world and humanity. A history minor also provides a strong foundation in interdisciplinary fields, such as African Studies, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies and Urban Studies.

View Curriculum: History Minor