Department of History


Goals and objectives

The Department of History's aims, goals, and objectives are determined by the general mission and objectives of Morehouse College, one of the nation's premier educational institution and the only one dedicated primarily to the education and nurturing of black men. Our primary purpose at Morehouse is the development of men who will aspire to be leaders in both the general society and African-American communities.

The College's emphasis on character development is aided especially in courses such as Great Men and Women of America and Modern American Social and Intellectual Thought, while the History of the United States, African-American History and History of the Ancient World provide students a broad background upon which to build knowledge from other disciplines.

In addition to providing a program of instruction, counseling and extracurricular activities that will aid students to better understand the world in which they live, how it works and the dynamics of social change, the Department also prepares students for graduate study, public history and historical preservation and law school, as well as careers in government, the ministry, business and teaching.

To accomplish these aims, the Department expects students at the time of graduation to have attained the following:

    1. The ability to make reasonable value judgments
    2. The ability to analyze and synthesize facts
    3. The ability to engage in independent scholarly endeavors
    4. The ability to understand and coordinate knowledge from other disciplines
    5. A scholarly, informed understanding of the cultural heritage of African-American people
    6. A knowledge and appreciation of cultures other than one's own
    7. A demonstrated capacity and ability to speak as well as write cogently, effectively and
    8. A commitment to community service.

Message from the Chair

Many students ask, "What can I do with a degree in history?" The answer to that question is that the study of history can open the door to a wide range of professional opportunities. A U.S. Attorney General, a Supreme Court Justice, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, university presidents, and people in a diverse set of professions have majored in history. In this vein, the Morehouse College History Department has a strong track record of training students who have become distinguished in a number of fields, from academia to the world of business. The knowledge and intellectual skills that students gain in our department have broad application and can provide keys to a variety of career options.

Our program is designed for students to reach five broad goals. Students develop a broad base of knowledge of world history that enables them to see people in a variety of historical contexts. Our courses also challenge students to acquire particular knowledge about the history of black people. In addition, students hone their skills in analysis and argumentation through the study of primary sources and debates between historians. Furthermore, our program of study pushes students to refine their written and verbal communication skills. And in co-curricular activities like the Morehouse History Club, students develop leadership skills. Our dedicated faculty is committed to creating a learning environment where student can reach these goals and be empowered to reach even higher aims in their chosen field of professional development.