Explore your love of history at Longwood in historic Farmville, Virginia. We are home to Civil war and Civil Rights landmarks and award-winning faculty who will help you interpret the history of our state, nation and world. 

Career Paths

With a Longwood History degree you will have a direct role in how the past affects the present.

  • Archivist
  • Professional Historian
  • Museum Curator
  • Educators and Education Administrators
  • Government and Law
  • Public History
  • Librarians
  • National, State, and Local Park Administrators
  • Private Non-Profit Organizers and Directors

What You'll Study


It’s no cliché that you’ll learn how the past still shapes the present and future. We’ll take you in deep on that journey, exploring controversy, mastering professional standards, asking real questions, and collaborating on research.  As your interests mature, you can choose further concentrations like education, law, or public history.

Minor in History

History and Social Science Secondary Education

Do you see yourself helping students unlock their full potential? After completing Longwood’s teacher preparation program, you will graduate with a BA in History and a Virginia teaching license. You will be eligible to teach courses in US and World History, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Government, and Geography from sixth through twelfth grade.

Pre-Law, History

Longwood’s Pre-law program is designed to prepare you for law school and other careers in the legal profession. You will develop your communication and analytical skills to prepare for the LSAT. Our faculty will guide you toward appropriate internships and help you choose the best law school for you.

Public History

Do you enjoy digging into the past at a historic site? Public historians work in museums, archives, and national, state, and local parks. They preserve artifacts and documents, and help interpret our history. Help keep the past relevant for everyone as you collaborate with other professionals in this interdisciplinary field.


The minor in History requires six courses. You’ll take required core courses in American History and in World History or Western Civilization. You will then work closely with your advisor to pick elective courses in your area of interest.


Get the skills emphasized in the study of history: the ability to think critically, a strong background in research and organization, and the ability to communicate effectively in History courses  including Modern Western Civilization, United States History Colonial Times to 1877 and Historical Methods. 

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