History Department

Summer Research Examines Material World and BeyondSummer Research Examines Material World and Beyond
History and philosophy major, Alex Abbott '17, and Dr. Marc Hight, Elliott Professor of Philosophy, are collaborating on a summer research project in the humanities.The two have been working to relate the idea of immaterialism, as presented by George Berkeley, 18th century Irish philosopher and divine, and religious dogma from the incarnation of Christ to the re-inhabitance of bodies in an afterlife. They are also attempting to find sources that trace ideas of the Holy Trinity across centuries. 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 9 hours in United States history, History 101, 102, and one additional course in European history, and 6 hours in areas outside of Europe and the United States. History 499 and 6 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.