History Major


The history major is designed to develop within students a broad base of knowledge of world history that enables them to see and understand diverse people in a variety of historical contexts. Particular emphasis is placed on offering courses that facilitate students’ acquisition of knowledge about the history of black people. The major prepares students to investigate the human past and hone their skills in analysis and argumentation through the study of primary sources and critical reading of the theoretical debates among historians. Students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty as well as independent projects informed by diverse, holistic, and culturally sensitive theories and methodologies. Students are pushed to refine their written and verbal communication skills as well as develop expertise in the use of technology to create digital humanities tools and products. The Morehouse emphasis on character development and leadership is aided by the course on the history of the civil rights movement.

Our program provides instruction, research, internships, counseling, and extracurricular activities that offer students greater understanding of the world. The major prepares students for graduate study and law school as well as for careers in public history, historic preservation, government, the ministry, business, teaching, public advocacy, media commentary and social analysis.


At the time of graduation, students will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate knowledge of historical methods, critical analysis, and historiographical debates
  • explain historical change by looking at global forces and cross-cultural encounters
  • demonstrate core knowledge of historical biography, chronology, and geography
  • write and speak clearly
  • demonstrate knowledge of the experience of African Americans and other people of the African Diaspora