“I have but one
by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
I know no way of judging the future
by the past.”
– Patrick Henry, 1775
The study of history will give you insight into both the past and the present. You’ll gain understanding about the capabilities, accomplishments and failures of past
civilizations and how both personal
actions and impersonal forces have shaped the course of history. This will help you better recognize the limitations and opportunities facing the present generation. The History program at Berry College offers a strong foundation if you are
interested in graduate study or a career in
law, education, writing,
ministry, the military, business, government, library and archival work or historic
The History Major
As a Berry History major, you’ll take three survey courses in American and
world history and eight elective
courses chosen from various chronological and geographical subjects. You will also take a senior-level course, “Historiography,” in
which you will discuss various philosophies
of history and write an extensive
paper on a historiographical topic. The History program is designed to be flexible enough to allow you to pursue a
double major or a minor in
another field or to take as many history courses as you want.
The History Minor
The History minor can complement
studies in business, the
sciences or other liberal arts fields. To achieve
a minor in History, you must complete six history courses, among them two survey courses and three upper-level courses.
Life Skills Development
History courses can help you in any
career you choose to pursue.
to helping you master
the content of a variety of historical fields,
Berry College’s history courses can assist in
sharpening your analytical abilities
through readings and discussion and develop
your question-asking, problem-solving and writing skills
through preparation of clear
and coherent original research papers.
Small Class Sizes
Berry’s history classes are small and offer a relaxed but professional environment that will help you gain the most from your professors
An Outstanding Faculty
The Berry College History faculty is a
community of scholars who are recognized as authorities in their fields. Department members have contributed several books and articles
to the literature of their areas of specialization, which include 19th century American history, Southern
history, women’s history, diplomatic
history, modern Europe and the history of imperialism. All of the historians consider
quality teaching of undergraduates to be their primary responsibility. History faculty members
also serve as academic advisors
and welcome individual meetings with students outside
Berry History graduates
have been accepted
by some of the finest
graduate programs and law schools in the Southeast and have excelled at careers in both the private and public sectors.
History teaching majors enjoy an exceptional placement record. Student opportunities:
- Membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history students.
- Presentation of original research at regional and national history conferences and Berry’s Symposium on Student Scholarship.
- Assisting professors in research projects.
- Firsthand experience in public history through Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. Oak Hill is a beautifully preserved 170-acre estate that was the home of Berry College founder Martha Berry. The museum on its grounds houses a remarkable collection of art and exhibits.
For more information on History at Berry, visit www.berry.edu/academics/humanities/history.