What if there were a way to tell the story of why we are the way we are? To study human behavior as if in a lab with unlimited evidence? To preserve what makes us unique and understand what keeps us going?
us discover new meaning in the past, present and future. Our students learn
the best practices of historical research while developing the skills for a
successful career: thinking critically, communicating effectively and tackling
complex problems. Our majors excel in careers in politics, the legal
profession, business and marketing, human resources, information and library
sciences, law enforcement, journalism, public relations, intelligence or
security analysis, sales and recruitment, education and more.
West Virginian and Appalachian history is a strength of our department. Our faculty also specialize in a diverse range of historical time periods, teaching courses in everything from ancient Greece to modern-day Africa. Members of our faculty have won the Mellon Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Law and Social Sciences Grant and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Their lectures have aired on C-SPAN or become the basis for award-winning books. With faculty guidance, our students begin their own work as researchers, working in local or national archives to make their own discoveries.