History Department

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Itself steeped in over 200 years of history, Hampden-Sydney College knows that the study of history is hallmark to the pursuit of self understanding and a liberal arts education. The History department offers a variety of courses in African-American, American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history, as well as a required survey of Western Civilization. A history major is a good foundation for careers in teaching, law, and public affairs.

The requirements for a major in History are 33 hours in History courses, including 6 hours in United States history, 6  hours in European history, and 6 hours in areas outside of Europe and the United States. History 299, 499 and 9 elective hours compose the remainder of the major. All 300- and 400-level courses are open only to juniors and seniors, or others with the consent of the instructor.

Degree Offerings
History major or minor