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Not all students loved history class in high school, but many people love history itself: the dramatic stories, the sparkling personalities, the flow of grand events through exotic places.

Erskine College seeks to provide citizens of a global society with an understanding of the importance of our history. The Department of History and Political Science equips students with a sound foundation for historical inquiry and the tools for meaningful analysis of the past.

The History major is designed to help students develop a sense of chronology, appreciate the interrelatedness of knowledge, and understand current events in a global and historical context.

History majors also acquire communication skills through a study of cultural diversity, sharp research abilities, and a familiarity with the methods historians use to understand the past.

A degree in History prepares graduates for advanced studies in history or other social sciences or entrance into law school.


Howard David Grier

McDonald - Boswell Professor of History

McDonald - Boswell Professor of History A.B., Erskine College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


John Harris

Assistant Professor of History

Assistant Professor of History B.A., M.A., Queen's University Belfast; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


Alessandra Brivio

Assistant Professor of History

Assistant Professor of History B.A., Universita degli Studi, Milan; Ph.D.; University of California, San Diego

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