History Department

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 4:30 PM
Tiger Tracks Live: Public History
Library 4th Fl Lecture Area
Contact Becca Shelton
(434) 223-6105


Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30 PM
Society of the Cincinnati Visiting Scholar Program
Library 4th Fl Lecture Area
Contact John Coombs
(804) 405-8864


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:30 PM
Phi Alpha Theta Lecture
Parents and Friends Lounge
Contact Caroline Emmons
(434) 223-6297


Coombs Appears on C-SPANCoombs Appears on C-SPAN
Dr. John Coombs, associate professor of history, recorded his lecture "The Maturation of the English Empire: 1651-1713" for C-SPAN's Lectures in History program. Full Story...


You End Up Finding YourselfYou End Up Finding Yourself
Aaron Dawley ’18 chose Hampden-Sydney because it was the best opportunity to further his education, not only as a student, but as a citizen. Full Story...


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