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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.

Student Research

  • <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>
  • <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 media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/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" data-origin="responsive"/><img 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.emoryhenry.edu/live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/611/height/815/409_20170720_174736.jpg 2x, http://www.emoryhenry.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" data-optimized="true"/></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>