UNC Asheville’s history majors investigate some of life’s biggest questions: What is the nature of humanity? What motivates us? How does the past influence our future?

Why Study History at UNC Asheville?

Student and Alumni Spotlight

Outside the Classroom

Beyond the classroom, many students at UNC Asheville have the opportunity to complete their own undergraduate research through our Undergraduate Research Program (URP), which allows students to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Additionally, our students regularly present their original historical research at venues such as the Appalachian Studies Association annual meeting, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, regional Phi Alpha Theta meetings, the Big SURS Undergraduate Research Symposium, and on-campus symposia.

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UNC Asheville history majors can receive course credit and valuable experience through internships with archives, museums, and historic or government agencies. Students have recently served as interns at the Thomas Wolfe House, the Vance Birthplace, UNC Asheville Special Collections, the Smith-McDowell House, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum in nearby Black Mountain.


Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference

Every year, Associate Professor of History Darin Waters leads the African Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference, hosted by UNC Asheville. This conference brings together scholars and community activists from various disciplines to discuss critical issues faced by communities of color in the Appalachian region. Through presentations and discussions, the conference aims to create an inclusive environment for scholars to engage with each other and the community.

Meet the Faculty

The Department of History’s faculty and students explore a range of concepts through research projects, presentations, and collaborative and creative work. Our experienced faculty members have diverse backgrounds and expertise and thrive on mentoring each of their students.

Careers With a Degree in History

A history bachelor’s degree opens the door to a wide range of exciting career paths that value critical thinking, research skills, and a deep understanding of the human experience. Alumni often enjoy careers in business, law, education, government, communications, politics, and multimedia, among other industries. Many students also pursue licensure to teach at the K-12 level. In addition, some students may pursue an advanced or specialized degree to work as historians, archivists, museum curators, professors, and more.

Graduates pursue diverse careers, including business, journalism, sportswriting, banking, politics, medicine, military service, and ministry. Many work for government agencies at all levels as researchers, analysts, planners, public information officers, and more. Some graduates even become college professors. Our students also go on to advanced studies at prestigious universities such as Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown, and Purdue, among others.

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Shape the Future by Understanding the Past in UNC Asheville’s History Major

Here, we believe that the key to shaping a brighter future lies in our ability to understand and learn from the past. By enrolling in our program, you embark on an intellectual journey that spans centuries and continents. From ancient civilizations to modern revolutions, explore the rich tapestry of human history, gaining valuable insights into the complexities of the world we live in today.

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