Learning beyond the classroom

student at the coliseum History is more than poking around in dusty archives or memorizing dates and facts. While you might think history majors spend most of their time poring over books in the library, the truth is much of the learning goes on outside the classroom.

As a history major, you might:

  • Participate in field trips to regional attractions.
  • Complete internships for academic credit in area parks, courthouse archives and museums.
  • Join Phi Alpha Theta, Lander's chapter of the history honorary society. The chapter has consistently won national recognition as a best chapter.
  • Broaden your cultural perspective by studying abroad through the university's international program, which features opportunities for study in major historical centers such as Egypt, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and Belgium.


COVID-19 Project

The seed of the Lander University Covid-19 Documentation project was planted when a student described to Dr. Franklin Rausch the stress she was feeling as a result of the pandemic and was encouraged to start journaling to help her better understand what was happening. Realizing that the experiences and perspectives of students regarding the pandemic might be lost, Dr. Rausch contacted students who he thought might be interested in recording and sharing what life was like for them during the pandemic so as to establish an archive of information to help people in the future better understand that history. Despite interest in the project from many students, the complications caused by the pandemic meant only a limited number would be able to make the time to participate by keeping logs and submitting reflections. However, those who were able to contribute have left to us a valuable historical record that reveals how, amidst the suffering caused by Covid-19, young adults responded to the needs of their families, communities, and country with hard work and love. 

Lander University Covid-19 Documentation project


student at capitalLife after Lander

When people ask you “What can you do with a history degree?”  Tell them “just about anything you want.”

According to the American Historical Association’s research, most graduates are able to turn their degrees into a wide variety of careers.  In addition to the traditional fields such as law, foreign relations, law enforcement, politics, archival work, museum curators, and teaching, many graduates find employment in the business world as bankers, corporate researchers, and salespersons. 


Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

The following are awards presented by the University's Department of History and Philosophy:

  • Barbara A. Jackson Award
    Named in honor of a former Lander first lady, this award is given annually by the history faculty to the senior history major who wrote the best senior thesis.
  • History Discipline Award
    Given annually by the history faculty to the graduating senior majoring in history with the highest cumulative grade point average.
  • Philosophy Discipline Award
    Given annually by the philosophy faculty to an outstanding student of philosophy based on scholarship and on dedication to the discipline.