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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History Department Presents Academic Honors
Samford University’s History Department presented its annual academic honors at the conclusion of the disrupted 2020 spring semester. 
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Den Hartog Explores Religious Freedom and COVID-19
A new essay by the noted scholar of American political and religious history explores different ideas of religious liberty amidst pandemic mitigation efforts. 
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Student Research Earns Colonial Dames Awards
The Alabama Society of The National Society of Colonial Dames in America was not able to host its traditional awards luncheon, but did judge the historical research papers submitted by Samford students and present cash awards of more than $5,000.