NC State’s Department of History provides a stellar learning environment. Whether you’ve always had a passion for history or you want to hone your critical thinking, writing and research skills, explore the past and envision the future in the Department of History.
From Roman archaeology to Medieval Europe to the modern Mid-East, from pre-Columbian culture and Native American history to recent American foreign policy. Study past societies and their religions, commerce, empires, agriculture, environments, and politics. NC State covers the world’s regions as well as the interactions among Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
When it comes to the study of History, our faculty lead the way. Professor Jim Crisp is well-known for his work in exploring the Battle of the Alamo. Professor Thomas Parker is world-renowned for his archaeological field work, funded by grants from the National Geographic Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities, on the Roman Aqaba Project in which he explored the economy of the Roman port city Aila on the Red Sea. Professor Akram Khater’s work in Lebanese history led to creation of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, which is the first privately funded center at NC State.
Our students are truly exceptional. They excel in the classroom; they contribute to the local community; they participate in study abroad; and they engage in meaningful historical research. History students at NC State welcome a challenging curriculum that gives them an opportunity to take their first engaging seminar course in their sophomore year, select from a variety of ancient and modern areas of study, and finish with a senior capstone seminar that explores modern, dynamic topics and helps prepare them to apply their studies after graduation.
Meet Some of Our Recent Students
Top History Paper Examines Early Voting Rights Case
Micah Khater took an interest in voting rights history in North Carolina during her freshman year. Her interest and research led her to write the top undergraduate history paper in North Carolina.
Graduates of our program make us proud. They become teachers in the classroom, lawyers, instructors at local community colleges, entrepreneurs, professors at prestigious universities, museum curators, and much more. Our graduates are critical thinkers – analytical, deeply aware people who thrive on research. They know how to analyze cause and effect, and have a keen understanding of a changing world. The skills learned studying history – thinking, listening, writing, and debating – open up new possibilities.
Meet Our Alumni
Alum Named Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Meredith Evans, a 1998 graduate of NC State’s Public History Master’s program, has accepted the prestigious appointment in Atlanta.
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Exhibit Explores Raleigh's Public Memory
NC State Public History students collaborated to develop an exhibit at the City of Raleigh Museum.