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History & Philosophy

At Lander, we’ll take you on a journey through history and philosophy, guiding you through a rich tapestry of cultures, civilizations, movements and ideas. To understand the present – and prepare for the future – you must first know the past. Our world is full of diverse peoples, religions, social values, economies, and political systems that produce unique experiences for humans across the globe. Because of such diversity, people see life through very different lenses and history plays an essential part in the molding of those varying lenses. Understanding history helps us to better understand others and evaluate present day issues. 





Ryan Floyd
Department Chair

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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


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.

Latest News

Kevin Witherspoon speaking on MLK
Witherspoon Reflects on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Kevin Witherspoon, professor of history and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair, spoke during a special program, “Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr.” at Lander University’s Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on Tuesday evening (January 16).

18 January 2024
Franklin Rausch, Erynn Price and Laila Gore
Lander Involved in Revolutionary War Exhibit

Dr. Franklin Rausch, professor of history at Lander University, along with students Erynn Price and Laila Gore, play important roles during the Oct. 6 opening reception of the exhibit “The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.”

11 October 2023