History is an intellectually liberating discipline and a core component of a liberal arts education. Through the study of the political, social, and cultural aspects of the modern world and the rise, flourishing, and decline of major civilizations in the past, an individual gains insight into the shared experiences and achievements of humanity, acquires a perspective broadened by the study of peoples at different times and in different places, and develops analytical modes of thought. The study of History thus enables the individual to understand the perennial issues confronting human beings living in society, making more likely an informed, reasoned, and intelligent response to these problems.
The Department offers programs of study for students interested in virtually any career or profession. It provides a solid foundation for those who wish to teach History or the Social Studies and for the study of History at the graduate level. Courses offered by the Department likewise provide an excellent background for students who wish to study law, enter government service, or seek employment in other professions or the business world. History is thus an ideal major for the student seeking a liberal arts education rather than specific job training. Information about careers for History majors is available from the American Historical Association; just click on this link: "Careers in History".
Programs of study offered by the Department of History include a major and a minor in History, licensure programs in Secondary and Middle-Grades Social Studies Education, and an Academic Concentration in History for prospective teachers. The Department additionally coordinates minors in American Studies, British Studies, and Asian Studies.
The History Department also coordinates M.A. and M.A.T. degrees in Social Studies Education. Each History major or licensure candidate is assigned an advisor who helps the student plan and approves his or her program of study. Students planning graduate study in History should acquire a reading knowledge of one modern foreign language and take HST 4510 (Senior Seminar).
We encourage alumni with majors in History, Social Studies Education, or American Studies to keep us informed about your current address and professional activities. An online Alumni Information Form allows you easily to provide that information and offer us comments or feedback. The History Department has also just posted an online Alumni Directory and is eager to post alumni information.
Chair: Dr. Robert W. Brown
Administrative Secretary: Ms. Janet Gentes
Mailing Address: Department of History, PO Box 1510, UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
Phone Number: (910) 521-6229
Fax Number: (910) 775-4026
Office of Admissions: (910) 521-6262 [Admissions Office webpage]