The study of history allows one to see how past and present actions can affect the future and provides understanding into the writings, methods, and attitudes of earlier historians who have contributed to older and newer debates about the past.
At Southern Virginia University, students in the history major not only study past events to help explain and illuminate today’s world, but also become effective writers, perceptive readers, skilled researchers, and critical thinkers to enhance the world. The study of history allows students to see, learn, and understand how past, present, and future actions often have unanticipated consequences, and study individual intentions and actions in context of the time period. The study of history cultivates empathy as students study the past and learn about historical figures and what drove them to their actions.
With many prominent historical sites and museums less than a day away, Southern Virginia students are able to study, explore, and immerse themselves in what they study, and small class sizes allow professors to focus on individuals and their interests. With an emphasis on reading historical documents, research, and writing academic papers, history majors have opportunities to attend history conferences, present their work, and compete in state-wide conferences, where many Southern Virginia University students have won awards. Learning to write and think critically, students in the History major are well prepared for graduate programs, where serious research and analytical skills are required.
Begin by taking Western Civilization I (HIS 210) or Western Civilization II (HIS 215) in your first year
Get in touch with Professor Andrew Sorber to discuss your interests and goals
Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office
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“An important thing about history is that it provides examples of places and points in time where the decisions of human beings make all the difference, and one can learn the consequences of ideas and the consequences of actions. Studying history increases empathy because it allows you to imagine yourself there and gives you some understanding of the people and why they did what they did.”
– Professor Lora Knight