Department of History

The mission of the Department of History is to provide quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners.

Welcome to History

The Department of History provides quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. 

We teach students to separate the fact from the fiction and bridge the gap between past and present. History majors have to be one part detective and one part director, researching events extensively and then retelling the story in a way that captivates audiences.

Our program equips students like you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the practicing historian, who actively studies and interprets the past. Graduates are prepared to study history in graduate school, participate in professional activities and succeed in a career. As a key part of the liberal arts curriculum, historical studies shape citizens who can think broadly and critically about themselves and the world, which is still shaped today by the hands of history. As such, our students have used their degree to succeed in a wide variety of careers.

Our program also offers a specialized Pre-Law Program that helps students gain the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in law school.  Statistically, students who major in history perform very well on the LSAT. Our graduates who have gone on to law school regularly comment that their experience as a history major at Chowan prepared them well for the challenges of law school. Students in the pre-law track will also have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the local district attorney’s office through an internship before graduating.

Studying history is an essential part of a liberal arts education, which maintains value throughout different careers and informs important decisions across disciplines. Chowan University's Department of History provides these exciting degree programs with specialized courses in American History, European History, Developing World History, Geography, and Political Science:

History, BA
History, BS

History, African-American History and Culture Track, BS
History, Pre-Law Track, BS
History, Public History Track, BS
Social Studies (9-12) Education, BS

History Minor

In addition to internships and honor societies, students are encouraged to pursue their scholarly interests by joining the History Club or being inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. The organizations and internships you gain studying at Chowan University will certainly boost any resume!

Additional Opportunities

As a History major, you can connect your classroom knowledge with real world experience. The Chowan University chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the History Club offer students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.

Honors Project

Each year the department invites worthy junior History majors to participate in a two-year honors project. Students get to choose a faculty member to help guide a research project. The project may involve a major paper based on primary sources or an extensive review and evaluation of the secondary literature. At the conclusion of the project, you will present the project to the History faculty during your senior year.


David Ballew, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Danny Moore, PhD
Provost, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of History
Edward Snyder, PhD
Chair, Department of History and Religion
Gregory S. Taylor, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History