History majors take creative, yet practical, courses that allow them to gain a well-rounded understanding of the past, including a “lab” course that explores methods of researching particular topics. There are course offerings in public and oral history, as well as opportunities for students to pursue collaborative research, working one-on-one with individual professors.
William Penn Project
In 2014, students in Dr. Paul Ringel’s History Detectives course began the William Penn Project, dedicated to exploring and sharing the history of William Penn High School in High Point, NC. Students have conducted oral histories with former students, assembled artifacts for a public exhibit, and launched a website for the project.
History majors have studied abroad at Oxford Brookes University and Westminster College, Oxford, England. Our majors have also studied at the prestigious St. Andrews University in Scotland, Swansea University in Wales, and most recently participated in our semester program in Prague, Czech Republic.
Department Chair Dr. Schneid will begin leading a study abroad program at the Université de Paris-Est Créteil in Spring 2016. Our professors have led semester-long programs in the past to Oxford Brookes University and the HPU in Prague program. Additionally, our professors have led students in Maymester trips along the Mississippi River and on shorter trips to China and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
See more information on HPU’s Study Abroad Program
History majors have completed internships locally with legal firms and historical sites such as Old Salem and the High Point Museum. Other students have completed internships with the Naval History and Heritage Command and with the famous Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
See additional information on Internships at HPU
The department sponsors Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society, and a History Club open not only to students majoring in history, but also to those students who have an interest in learning about the past.
Each fall, the department hosts the Rothenberg Seminar, bringing some of the leading authorities on military history to our campus, while the spring semester brings a noted U.S. historian to campus through the American Discoveries program. See other events currently happening in the department.