Related Major and Minor: Political Science, Art History, International Relations, Religious Studies and Women's Studies
Program Director: Dr. Karen Huber, Associate Professor of History
The history major at Wesleyan is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in American, European, and world history. Courses focus on the nature of historical inquiry and seek to expose students to a variety of historical interpretations. Courses also place historical study in a comparative and international perspective. Through the study of history, students come to a fuller understanding of the nature of the human experience and the meaning of global citizenship. As historians, students gain experience in how to read critically, argue persuasively and write more effectively. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.
Students may pursue a variety of internships, including several devoted to community service. Law-related internship sponsors include the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon, the Bibb Country District Attorney's Office, and various law firms. Other students have chosen internships with Georgia’s senators and representatives in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Institution, the Macon Chamber of Commerce, local television stations, the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, the Hay House, the Tubman Museum, and Middle Georgia Libraries.
The history faculty encourage their students to participate in extracurricular experiences that enhance their understanding of history and its application to the world today. This includes a campus history club. Students also participate in campus organizations such as Young Democrats, College Republicans, and Amnesty International. The College has a Model United Nations chapter and teams of our students regularly participate in the annual Southern Regional Model UN and the Harvard Model United Nations. Further, through the Public Leadership Education Network, a consortium of women’s colleges, students participate in public leadership seminars in Washington, D.C.
A major in history is ideal for those who intend to engage in graduate work or pursue careers in law, journalism, government, or teaching. Relatively large numbers of graduates in these areas attend law school and enter the legal profession, and Wesleyan has a high rate of acceptance among its graduates who apply to law school. Our students have attended such prestigious institutions as Harvard, London School of Economics, Duke, Vanderbilt, Emory, Pittsburgh and the University of Georgia.
Our graduates have included the vice president for legal affairs at the University of Georgia; an assistant treasurer for the Educational Finance Division of Chase Manhattan Bank; a counselor of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives; Press Secretary to the US Senator from Arkansas, a professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas; a state judge; and numerous attorneys.
Karen Huber Associate Professor of History. B.A (History, French) University of Dayton 1998; M.A. (History) Ohio State University 2002; Ph.D. (History) Ohio State University 2007. My professional interests include women's history, French history, modern European history, world history and reproductive history. Tate 135. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah E. Gardner Adjunct Associate Professor of History Ph.D. Emory University