Historians pose important questions about our world and search for deep explanations. History majors learn to think critically, to research well, and to communicate effectively. They tell the story of all of us–who we are and where we’ve been, what we’ve thought and said and done–so we can preserve our past and help shape our future.

Every other academic discipline depends on historical explanations for their work. The history major has long been the choice of undergraduates seeking to develop a well-informed, sophisticated understanding of the world around us.

History classes at Samford are taught by award-winning teachers and acclaimed scholars. Our majors are on the leading edge of undergraduate research at Samford, connecting our campus to the community and the wider world.

Nancy Lipham
"I enjoyed not only the subject matter I studied but also the professors and the interaction between them and the students. When I left Samford I felt I was leaving my second home." Nancy Lipham - Senior Vice President, Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

A history major prepares students for a broad range of careers and graduate degrees. Skills in research, critical thinking, and communication are valued by employers in many fields.


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New Citizenship Program to Bring Speakers to Campus
The events will help launch the Howard College Colloquium on American Citizenship, which aims to explore the meaning and purpose of citizenship in light of the Western intellectual heritage, American Constitutional government, free market economics and Judeo-Christian ideals. 
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A Passion for Human Rights Shines Through Career of Alumna Carolyn Johnston
Johnston was part of a close-knit group of students and faculty who worked for racial justice at Samford and in the greater Birmingham community during the Civil Rights movement. She remains deeply engaged with human rights through her research, writing and teaching on issues of gender, ethnicity and political radicals. 
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Den Hartog Explores Religious Aspects of American Revolution for Australian Broadcasting
As the musical "Hamilton" opened in Sydney, Den Hartog offered insights on the religious dimensions of the American Revolution and the lives of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton.