Department of History and International Studies

This diverse department encourages students to explore the American past, the European heritage, and Non-Western cultures.

The programs provide excellent preparation for law or graduate school, government service, seminary, museum and archive work, or secondary education.

The interdisciplinary international studies major provides a broad liberal arts foundation, a basic knowledge of foreign cultures, and an opportunity to concentrate in studies in one or more geographic regions.

Majors are urged to seek active, hands-on learning experiences. In recent years, majors have:

  • Observed first-hand the rapid changes overtaking Eastern Europe by spending January in Bulgaria and May in Poland , Hungary , and the Czech Republic
  • Researched presidential primaries
  • Attended national political conventions
  • Tried legal cases in mock courts
  • Investigated regional history as part of a research team that published its findings
  • Explored foreign cultures through novels, poetry, and films
  • Conducted political surveys
  • Presented before the West Virginia Historical Association and regional undergraduate research conferences