About the program

The history major focuses on American, European, and world history and includes faculty who specialize in African, Latin American, and Asian history. While providing a broad base of knowledge, the history program seeks especially to develop student skills in information collection and analysis, critical interpretation, and effective written communication.

Coursework in History

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of History and includes courses such as:

  • The American Revolution
  • Latin American History
  • United States in the 20th Century
  • Virginia History
  • The Indian Subcontinent
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • China
  • The American Civil War
  • Europe from 1500 to the Present
  • US-Latin American Relations
  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Women's History
  • Religion in America

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Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to History:

  • Student Virginia Education Association
  • Student Government
  • Phi Alpha Theta: honorary group

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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Research and writing in the Senior Seminar course.

Other experiential opportunities through a variety of individual study courses, both on and off campus.

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Career options with a major in History

A major in History leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) ...
  • Policy Evaluator
  • Lawyer
  • Politician history
  • Urban Planner
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Teacher
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Travel Agent
  • Corporation Historian
  • City Manager
  • Public Historian

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Recent History program graduates & their careers

Michael Huff '93 is a Unit Chief, level GS-15, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Chuck Westmoreland '97 recently received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Mississippi.

Several Ferrum College graduates are currently teaching in many different school districts.

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History Faculty

 Milton Rowan
Associate Professor of History
Program Coordinator of History & Social Studies
Ph.D., Miami University
(540) 365-4405
mrowan@ferrum.edu | View Profile
Richard Smith
Professor of History
Ph.D., Rutgers University
(540) 365-4390
rsmith@ferrum.edu | View Profile
Michael Trochim
Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
(540) 365-4403
mtrochim@ferrum.edu | View Profile
Tim Daniels
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
(540) 365-4397
tadaniels@ferrum.edu | View Profile

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Find out more

Information is only an email away! Contact Professor Milt Rowan at mrowan@ferrum.edu.

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