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Programs of Study in History

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  • History, Major and Minor
  • History with Secondary/Collaborative Special Education in General Social Studies (Grades 6–12)
  • History with Secondary/Collaborative Special Education in History (Grades 6–12)
  • History with Secondary Teacher Education in General Social Studies (Grades 6–12)
  • History with Secondary Teacher Education in History (Grades 6–12)

Educator Preparation: History with Secondary Teacher Education or Secondary/Collaborative Special Education in History (Grades 6–12); or History with Secondary Teacher Education or Secondary Collaborative/Special Education in General Social Studies (Grades 6–12)

Pre-Professional: Preparation for the professional study of law

The programs of study in History are part of the Department of History and Political Science.

Why Huntingdon?

History is a broad-based major that prepares you well to enter virtually any career field. The study of patterns of ideas, change, and human influence develops and refines your critical thinking skills and informs your professional pathway. Step into the living classroom of Montgomery, Alabama—a place where history and public service are hallmarks of the city experience. At the center of the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and state government, Montgomery has witnessed the major cultural issues that have shaped human experience in America.

  • Huntingdon’s History major is flexible, easily accommodating study in a second major or minor. Those who complete specialized educator preparation coursework and Teacher Candidate clinical experiences may prepare for teaching at the middle or high school level.
  • If law school is your next step, the History major provides a firm, broad-based foundation on which to build your professional studies.
  • History program graduates have achieved excellent (nearly 100%) placement rates into graduate and professional programs.
  • Active participation in Student Government, political action groups on campus, and social activist groups, as well as internships readily available in the city, keep you thinking while you’re doing and doing while you’re learning so that you graduate with both a degree and a resume.
  • Beyond the classroom, you can gain resume-building experience through:
    • Travel/study during your senior year through the Huntingdon Plan, which also includes a laptop computer and books and information resources provided within regular costs.
    • Hawks on the Hill public service internships in law offices, archives, museums, state and federal government, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations.
    • Teacher Candidate clinical experiences in a variety of schools in the River Region.
    • Lecture series that bring renowned speakers to campus.
    • The Hobbs Honors program, which adds depth to studies for those who qualify.

Robbie Farquhar ’15, History major with Secondary Teacher Education, right, teaches AP history and coaches soccer for his high school alma mater, Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP), Montgomery. He is pictured with Dr. Donna Manson.



Amanda Wineman

Huntingdon history graduates have been accepted for graduate school or law school at the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Emory University, Florida State University, Jacksonville State University, Tulane University, and the University of North Dakota, among myriad institutions. Many of Huntingdon’s history graduates are attorneys. One is a U.S. senator, while two others are a federal judge and a Florida judge. Because the history major develops a broad range of skills and knowledge base, alumni have entered virtually every career field.

“As a physician, I am continually grateful for the kind of education that I received at Huntingdon College as a History major. The practice of medicine is not limited to the memorization and application of scientific knowledge. More important, I believe, is the ability to examine and synthesize relevant information from a variety of sources. The careful, objective, and sometimes creative interpretation of this information, say when making a diagnosis, then leads to the best possible care for the patient. Being a History major gave me a firm foundation in these skills. On a more personal note, my undergraduate study of history has prepared me for a lifetime of further reading and learning by introducing me to essentially every aspect of human knowledge.”—Daniel T. Nevin, M.D., Class of 1998