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The purpose of history isn’t merely to understand what happened.

As a history major at Florida Southern College, you’ll analyze and interpret past events in their contexts to discover why they occurred—all to better understand the present.

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Expert Faculty

Florida Southern College’s history faculty are award-winning authors, nationally known scholars, and researchers.

Unique Campus Resources

You’ll have unique access to on-campus resources like the Center for Florida History, McKay Archives Center and the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.

Original Research

Conduct original research, often collaborating with faculty, and present your work at the annual meetings of the Conference of Florida Historians and Florida Historical Society.

McKay Archives Center

Our close relationship with the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History provides students with special hands-on opportunities working with historical collections.

Search for Answers to Questions About the Past

In HIS 3240 Introduction to Public History, you’ll be introduced to the disciplines of public history and practices in museums, archives, and other public and private institutions that collect, display, and interpret historical artifact. Case study will incorporate local sites and give you unique insights into preservation of buildings, cemeteries, and historic sites.

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Learn more about History at the Virtual Day on Campus

Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the History program.

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Featured History Faculty

Dr. James Denham
- Professor of History

My goal as a professor is to aid students in reading and thinking critically while developing an appreciation for the relevance of history to their daily lives. I encourage students to understand ‘cause and effect’ of historical events, as well as appreciate the ‘why important’ and the significance. Finally, I believe that active engagement through research, writing, and developing public presentations is essential to good teaching, and I enjoy sharing my projects with my students.

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Clubs and More

The history department sponsors the Art History Club, a student organization that organizes an annual field trip as well as on-campus activities, like movie nights. The History Club also assists in hosting the Florida Lecture Series.

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Program Information

Admission Requirements


All domestic freshman applicants to Florida Southern College’s full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

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