Welcome to History


"Our glory derives not just from our most obvious triumphs, but how we’ve wrested triumph from tragedy, and how we've been able to remake ourselves, again and again and again, in accordance with our highest ideals.... The great historian John Hope Franklin... once said 'Good history is a good foundation for a better present and future."

                      -Barack Obama on the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 2016

At a liberal arts institution such as UNC Asheville, the study of History is central to the pursuit of knowledge and to becoming an engaged citizen. The study of history is an important part of a liberal arts education, addressing fundamental questions about the nature of humanity and society and providing a valuable perspective on experiences and the times in which we live. A bachelor of arts in history also provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers and advanced degree programs and it is excellent preparation for law school.

Program of Study

The required core curriculum provides history majors with a broad-based introduction to a wide range of courses in American and European history, including such topic as the Civil War, Nazi Germany, Islam in historical context, Latin America, and French Revolution. The department also offers courses that cover Imperial China, and Modern China. The major in history requires 40 hours and the minor 18 hours. The program features a study of world civilizations, United States and North Carolina History, and European, Asian and Middle Eastern History. 


The History Association, open to all students and Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, provide students with the opportunity to attend  history-related events, visit local and regional historical  and cultural resources along with serving the community. Students also have the opportunity to experience public history through internships at local archives, museums, and other cultural resources.