Students studying outside the library

Kevin Gregory

Class of 2008

Kevin GregoryI graduated from Wofford with a B.A. in History in 2008. Immediately following graduation, I enrolled at the University of Richmond School of Law and went on to private practice following completion of my law school studies. After working as an associate attorney with two different private practice firms, one in my home state of Maryland and one in Wyoming, I am currently a partner with a general practice law firm in Jackson, Wyoming.

Since my graduation, my studies and degree in History have proven valuable countless times. While historical events, themes and doctrines discussed in a history class may be substantially similar no matter what college you attend, the truly irreplaceable aspect of Wofford’s History Department and a History major is the Wofford History Department's faculty and the manner in which the actual lessons of each class transcend the class itself. Whether the class was an introductory Western Civ class or an upper-level class focusing on the social impacts of the Age of Anxieties in Europe, as a History major at Wofford, your classes focus largely on the study of humanity, the human condition, and the manner in which historical events impact, change, and direct the flow of the human experience over time.

In addition to gaining insight into “what makes a people tick,” my History degree also provided me with a great opportunity to hone my analytical reading skills and persuasive writing skills; skills which would be essential for success in law school and as a young lawyer. I can recall countless arguments both in class and in paper assignments with Dr. Byrnes and Dr. Schmitz over topics in their classes. I apply the analytical, logical reasoning, and persuasive argument skills gained from those classes in my professional life on a daily basis.

Through your college coursework, you learn disciplines that you carry with you into your career. Those disciplines are the assets that I acquired through my History major. I learned the governmental, industrial, religious and other socio-economic pressures that have existed in the past, and how similar pressures affect the world we live in today. I did assignments that required close, analytical reading, and was asked to write papers arguing for positions that I believed in, and some whose legitimacy I questioned. I learned research skills and how to make arguments based upon evidence and facts. These disciplines translated to success in practicing law. Due to my coursework, my major in History, and the lessons learned from the faculty of the Wofford History Department, I had a “leg-up” on my classmates when I arrived at law school.

Practicing law is, in essence, the study of history on a micro-level. As a lawyer, you study past events. In my practice, I read statutes and case opinions that are based upon past events and attempt to advise clients about the impact of those past events on their situations. My History degree could not be more applicable to my career in this respect. It provided me with a strong foundation for success in that venture, for which I am very thankful.

My liberal arts education at Wofford was an incredible experience and provided me with a great knowledge base. But in my chosen career, I would not trade my History major for any other. I am thankful to Wofford, Dr. Rodrick, Dr. Byrnes, Dr. Schmitz, Dr. Revels, and Dr. Whisnant for an enlightening, entertaining, and ultimately very beneficial educational experience that has proven to be a true asset in my professional life.