Know the Past. Prepare for the Future.

In a complex world, understanding history is more important than ever.

Why History?

Join us in the History Department

Apply to our programs. We offer three undergraduate degrees: the History B.A., the History B.A. (Teacher Education Concentration), and the History B.S. — as well as a History Minor, the History Honors Program, and an Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program. We also offer three graduate degrees: the History M.A., the Public History M.A., and the Public History Ph.D.

With more than 25 full-time faculty members who cover a range of historical specialties, our degree programs allow students the flexibility to explore their historical interests while preparing for the future.


Dr. Xiaolin Duan will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Spring 2024. Project title: Three Cities of the Early Modern Pacific: Connections and Conflicts between the Ming Dynasty and the Spanish Empire. Geiss Hsu Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Frederico Freitas will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in 2023-2024. Project title: Concrete Tropics: An Environmental History of Brazil’s Modernist Capital. Research Triangle Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Xiaolin Duan selected as a 2022-2023 University Faculty Scholar. 

Dr. Kristen Alff has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for her project "Levantine Joint-stock Companies and Global Capitalism, 1830–1930."

Dr. David Ambaras has been awarded an NEH Fellowship for his project "Maritime Connections and Japanese World-Making in the 1950s–1960s."

Dr. Frederico Freitas' book Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border (Cambridge University Press) was awarded the Warren Dean Memorial Prize for the best book on Brazilian History from the Conference on Latin American History. 

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Dr. Alicia McGill

Dr. Alicia McGill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and contributes to the PhD program in Public History. She has always been fascinated by human diversity in the past and present and the ways that people connect with history and have conducted archaeological and cultural anthropology research in Cyprus, Honduras, Belize, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Prior to teaching at NC State, she was a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University, South Bend. 

She has conducted extensive research in Belize, focusing on the ways constructions of the past are promoted through public venues like tourism, education, and archaeological practice, and how these constructions shape the cultural production of young citizens. She is particularly interested in the ways messages about the past are interpreted and negotiated by teachers and youth as they navigate racial and ethnic politics in the present. Her most recent publications focus on national cultural diversity rhetoric in the Belizean state and intersections between colonial dynamics, community connections with the natural landscape, and local heritage work.

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