As history majors at Wofford, students start by taking foundational courses that give them a basis in American, European and global history. After majors take a course on historical methods, upper-level courses give them the freedom to take classes on topics that range from witchcraft and magic in early modern Europe to the American West to the global history of slavery. Majors are advised by a talented group of historians who emphasize independent, critical thinking and clear, persuasive writing grounded in historical evidence.
Dr. Kenneth J. Banks, associate professor of history, has taught at Wofford since 2009. In 2019, the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities honored him as the college’s Excellence in Teaching recipient. He began studying history when he was 31 years old after working in the film and advertising industry. He authored an award-winning book, “Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic.”
Vera Oberg majored in history and international affairs. She is now attending American University, where she is completing her master’s degree in public administration and policy. She plans to work for a governmental or nonprofit agency after graduating. Oberg says that majoring in history helped her develop skills to research, analyze and interpret primary source documents, all of which are important tools for studying political administrations past and present.
The program brings a prominent historian to the college to teach, give public lectures and mentor history majors. It also brings prominent speakers like John Meacham to campus.
Museum and archival work