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History Program


Welcome to the History program at Elizabeth City State University! The History program offers concentrations in Digital & Public History and Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Studies. In partnership with the Department of Education, Health, and Psychology, we also offer a minor in Secondary Social Studies Education that provides the necessary coursework and field experience for a teaching certification in North Carolina.

The History curriculum combines the value of a liberal arts degree with cutting-edge pedagogy and digital skills to prepare students for a diverse array of professional fields. ECSU History students engage in coursework that encourages them to apply the skills and habits of mind of historical inquiry to real-world case studies and projects and to consider the implications of the past to the opportunities and challenge of today. Students are trained by highly qualified faculty who actively participate and publish in the profession. Graduates enter the world with a broad set of highly marketable skills and compete successfully in the job market and graduate programs in multiple fields.

Mission Statement

The History program is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education by creating an environment for students to develop academic skills in understanding their culture and history as well as those of other societies. The History program is committed to preparing thoughtful citizens and productive members of a global society by embracing both broad and "deep" content knowledge, pedagogical innovation, and the use of technology. The program is organized to prepare students for advanced study in history and law as well as careers in education, public history, government, research and other professions that require History's flexible skills set.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Majors will be able to employ historical methods in order to identify, analyze, contextualize, and employ historical sources (primary and secondary).
  • Majors will be able to employ historical sources to develop an original research project based on logical, evidence-based, persuasive, and interpretive arguments/claims and supported by effective narrative.
  • Majors will be able to critically assess issues, events, ideas, and theories of various periods of history, while showing an ability to engage in differing interpretations regarding those issues, events, ideas, and theories.

Contact Information:

Charles V. Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of History
333 Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex
Campus Box 848
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
Fax: 252-335-3331

Email: cvreed@ecsu.edu