BA IN History

College of Arts and Sciences

History Department

On Campus

Explore the past while making an impression by leading the future.

Do you wonder why societies and cultures in America and across the globe are the way they are? Or do you love stories and are interested in learning more about unfamiliar places, peoples and customs? If so, history might be the major for you.
In the history department, students and faculty are storytellers who explore the past to make sense of the present and to anticipate the future. Like you, we want to understand how those who came before us experienced the challenges of their time so that we might better understand and anticipate solutions to the issues our society faces today.
History major

"The history department has allowed me to challenge my ideas on preconceived notions and show me how largely theoretical trends play out in everyday happenings... My history professors push me to be ambitious, whether it be during research or exploring my future." -Jesse Ross '18

Research and Fellowship Opportunities

The history department believes in learning by doing, and history students have multiple opportunities to engage in real-world research.

  • Our students regularly engage in undergraduate research for conferences such as the Carolinas Regional Conference, Coker College Humanities Conference and Bill Brown Latin American Studies Conference. These events offer students a chance to connect with established and emerging scholars in the field.
  • Queens' summer undergraduate research grants support faculty-student collaborative research projects. Past projects challenged our students to trace the transatlantic slave trade through archives in Charleston, to development an interactive map using ArcGIS technology, and to create a digital archive of refugee experiences.
  • The Preyer History Fellowship is awarded to high-achieving traditional undergraduate history majors with scholarships to pursue international study, internships and more. Learn how to become a Preyer History Fellow.
  • Senior students embark on a capstone project, where they can receive financial support from Queens to study a subject of their choice, as well as mentorship from a faculty advisor.

Study Abroad

The study abroad program at Queens is nationally ranked for student participation. Through a partnership, our history majors have the opportunity to study for either a semester or a year at Aberystwyth University in Wales, where they have access to the National Library of Wales. Students can also couple their senior capstone project with an international trip. 


History students on a study abroad program to Montevideo, Uruguay

Internships and Career Programs

Gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of fields. Our students have interned for government agencies, financial institutions, law offices, museums, historic sites and non-profit organizations including:

  • U.S. State Department
  • McColl Center for Art
  • The Charlotte Museum of History
  • The Washington Center in D.C.
  • La Galeria del Banco de la Nacion
  • James K. Polk Historic Site

Explore internships and career programs at Queens.

After You Graduate

Our graduates are employed in a variety of career fields across the country. They work as communication and human resource specialists, banking and finance accountants, sales representatives, marketing analysis and researchers, publishing editors and acquisition specialists, librarians and teachers.

Others have pursued graduate study in history, law, communication, literature public policy, political science, and theology.  These students have moved on to selective, prestigious institutions such as Duke University, Oxford University, George Washington University, Yale University, Emory University and Exeter University. You will also have the option to pursue licensure to teach history or social studies by working with our Cato School of Education.

History Honor Society

Join Phi Alpha Theta, Queens' history honor society, to meet other students invested in evaluating the past. Membership allows students to be eligible for research prizes at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference each year, where our students present their best research, meet other history students from universities around the region and receive feedback on their work from other historians. 

History museums in Charlotte

History students at Charlotte's Levine Museum of the New South 

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