As a Coker history major, whether you’re studying the Civil Rights movement or the evolution of gender and class roles in 19th century England, you won’t be memorizing dates and obscure historical facts.

Sure, history majors study historical events. But more importantly, history majors study the human experience. They study change. They study how history relates to the modern world, how to make meaningful connections, and how to distinguish patterns in complex information.

Our discussion-based round table learning philosophy cultivates this type of complex thinking. Going beyond typical coursework, in-depth discussions promote a higher level of understanding and analysis that challenges you to develop your own independent viewpoints and identity. Through exploration, discovery, and insight, you will develop your analytical, critical thinking and communication skills while cultivating a richer understanding of the world around you.


At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. As a Coker history major, you will learn how to learn—and with internships and a capstone research project to prepare you for the professional world, you graduate with all the tools you need to build a successful career.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

History is one of the most versatile majors, opening a path to a wide variety of careers. The communication and critical thinking skills that Coker history majors graduate with provide a firm foundation to pursue successful careers in many professions, including teaching, government service, publishing, museum and library administration, law, and business.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your history degree:

  • Archivist
  • Business Manager
  • Community Action Specialist
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Diplomat
  • Economic Development Analyst
  • Editor
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Federal Investigator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Historic Site Administrator
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff Member
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • International Banker
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Writer/Author

Kevin T. Kenyon

Kevin T. Kenyon, Ph.D.

Professor of History; Coordinator of the History Program

Shawn Lay

Shawn Lay, Ph.D.

Professor of History