History B.A.

Teaching is the heart or what our department does. We offer small classes, innovative teaching, and one-on-one attention.

History Majors are required to take five general survey classes, three in World History (HST 101, 102 and 103) and two in United States history (HST 230 and 231). There is a Sophomore Methods class (HST 200) and a Senior Capstone (HST 400). Some examples of recent Capstone papers:

  • Jared Ross, “An Epic Solution: The Studio System in a New Age of Television, 1948-1960”

  • James Horan, “War in Southern West Virginia: Biased Newspaper Coverage of the Battle of Blair Mountain”

  • Betsy Allen, “Caught Between North and South: Putnam County in the Civil War”

  • Nicolas Clutters, “A Tale of Two Narratives: The Irish Response to Gerald of Wales”

The rest of the curriculum is made up of electives, classes that come from the original research that has brought our faculty national and international attention. Students can choose among at least 10 rotating electives each semester, including Legal History, World War I Through Film, Nazi Germany, Modern Japan, Medieval Britain, Women’s History, the Civil Rights Movement, Appalachian History, the History of Conspiracies, and many others. Along with inspiring lectures and dynamic discussions, classes offer opportunities to prepare and stage Viking feasts, research and participate in historical reenactments, and write historical accounts for use in an App with a national audience.


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Department of History
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Huntington, WV 25755

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History student Adrienne Hall and Dr. Molly Mersmann at the Ceredo historical site The Ramsdell House. The former home of an abolitionist and a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Ramsdell House has am amazing collection of 19th century letters and artefacts. Hall is serving as a student intern this spring under Dr. Mersmann's supervision.