History (B.A.)


  • Hardin Hall is home for Clemson’s history students. Built in 1890, the building has been renovated twice, and now includes rooms built in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The history major is one of the most flexible at Clemson and can be tailored to complement your long-term career goals.
  • The history faculty includes prolific authors with diverse specialties, including British history, Vietnam War, Early Hellenistic Period, American Civil War and the Middle East.
  • Academic advising is shared by members of the history faculty and is considered a core activity for the department.

With the stroke of a pen, a queen beheads her sister. By sitting down to order lunch, four young men ignite a national movement. In a speech lasting less than 20 minutes, a young president commits his nation to a 20-year effort to land a man on the moon. Understanding those acts — making sense of them later — is critical to understanding who we are and how we live now. The study of history at Clemson will enthrall you with its intensity and its adaptability to your long-term goals. Past graduates of the program have become lawyers, entrepreneurs, teachers, freelance writers, photojournalists, technical writers, purchasing agents, political consultants, military officers, media specialists, airline pilots and sports writers. 


What you'll study:

As a Clemson history major, you will receive thorough grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. You will choose humanities classes in literature, theater, music and foreign language. You will also study the social and natural sciences.

Classes for majors include a wide range of offerings in U.S., European and non-Western history, as well as geography. You’ll explore topics such as digital history, historical analysis, archival methods and historic preservation. Writing is central to this degree, and senior year, you’ll take a capstone course in which you produce a major research paper.

You will work closely with your adviser throughout your years at Clemson to map out the courses that will best prepare you for your plans after graduation. For students interested in pursuing a law degree, specialized advising is offered.

Emphasis Area — Our public history/museum studies emphasis provides a diverse base of course work designed to introduce you to preservation theory and museology, and incorporate that knowledge into hands-on experiences at historic sites. The emphasis will also provide a broad base of courses relevant to pursuing graduate studies.

Double Major — The Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and secondary education prepares students for teaching at the secondary school level, as well as for graduate studies in history.

Special Minors — The department also offers specialized minors in Pan-African studies and geography.


Popular Minors:

  • Biology
  • English
  • Political Science

Similar Majors:


The study of history is often viewed as a solitary endeavor, but as a Clemson history major, you’ll find countless ways to get involved with others who share your interests.

Internships and Research Projects:

Broaden your historical perspective by engaging with visiting scholars. Opportunities include lectures, symposia, conferences and seminars on topics ranging from Alexander the Great to the Civil Rights Movement.
Put your knowledge of history to work as you help restore a historical landmark, archive historical artifacts or intern at a historical site.
Clemson’s outstanding students in history are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Among its ranks are 17 U.S. presidents, 38 U.S. Supreme Court justices and 136 Nobel laureates.

Connect with Other Students:


What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Kappa Kappa Gama Fraternity — Consultant
  • Mustang Island Family Camp — Teacher

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • University of Georgia — J.D.
  • Yale University — Ph.D.
  • Northwestern University — Ph.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Government
    • Politics
      • Law
        • Nonprofit Organizations
          • Curatorial and Archival Management
            • Journalism
              • Broadcast
              • Print
            • Education
              • Teaching
              • Community Education
            • Business
              • Management
              • Sales
              • Office Administration
            *Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin� Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
            **Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
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            Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

            Amit Bein, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in History
            864-656-3153 — abein@clemson.edu