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Charles A. Cannon College of Arts and Sciences

As a history major, you learn from professors with specialties in regions around the world. They enjoy conducting research, but they’re teachers first. From one-on-one tutoring to group problem-solving, you won’t feel lost in any of the history courses you take.

Classes are small, and you receive personal attention. And you’ll always feel comfortable adding to the discussion.


History majors have opportunities to learn far away from campus by taking W’International seminars. History professors often lead these study abroad trips and are knowledgeable guides. As a history major, you can conduct an internship at a location near campus, somewhere in the United States or somewhere abroad. You earn academic credit as you gain career experience.

You conduct research in your history classes and with your senior thesis. These opportunities give you the freedom to learn more about a topic you’re interested in as you tighten your research skills.

Known as History 499 – Senior Thesis in History in the list of history courses, the project provides valuable research experience for graduate school. If you conduct a senior thesis in history, you:

  • Develop a research question
  • Conduct in-depth research using primary and secondary sources
  • Write a formal 15- to 25-page essay
  • Present your research to students and professors

Want to teach history?

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Hilary Heath, '14

I am forever thankful for my time spent as a history major at Wingate University. The faculty in the History Department pushed me to think critically and engage with real world problems. With my history degree and Wingate’s international opportunities, I learned what it means to become a global citizen and to work toward a more just and equitable society. I went on to earn my master of international development degree and currently work in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Jacob Wobig