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Department of History

Department of History

Bancroft- angledWinthrop's Department of History is home to several faculty members who cover a wide range of fields and who have been honored with numerous awards. The department offers programs of study leading to the B.A. and M.A.

The Department of History is located in Bancroft Hall on the Winthrop campus. 

Department Highlights

The History Department, with funding from the South Carolina Department of Education, is pleased to offer summer institutes for new and/or experienced AP United States History and AP World History teachers. The institutes will allow teachers to explore in more depth the AP United States or World History course, engage in specialized study for one of these courses, and earn 3 graduate United States or World History education credits. The course will meet on Winthrop's campus June 23-26, 2014. There will also be a portion of the course that will be offered online from June 26-July 3, 2014. Housing and meals will be available at extra costs. Course fees are $200 and include 3 graduate credits in United States or World History education coursework and AP teacher resources, including practice test questions and guides for the classrooms. Registration forms are due June 13, 2014.  If you are interested in enrolling in one of the AP summer institute courses, please complete this survey.  Registration forms will be sent to you upon your completion of the survey. Please see the History Department's AP Summer Institute webpage or e-mail for more information. PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming interest in both the AP World and US Summer Institutes, we are currently only able to accept applications for a waiting list as of June 5, 2014. If any space becomes available in either institute, we will notify individual applicants who submit e-mails to the address noted above. 

The History Department hosted the inaugural Palmer Address on March 12, 2014 where Dr. Jason Silverman spoke about his research on Abraham Lincoln's views on immigration. Please click here to view a transcript of the speech. At the event, the History Department also announced the creation of a new scholarship in honor of Dr. Silverman. The Dr. Jason Silverman Scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising or current Winthrop University History major. Please click here to contribute to this scholarship initiative. 

The History Department is pleased to announce that the Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections is hosting an exhibition entitled "A Stitch in Time: Winthrop Uniforms 1895-1910" which will run until January 2014.  This exhibition features the work of Alison Boulton, a graduate student within the department, who helped to recreate the historic uniforms for the exhibit. Please see the News and Events page for more details and be sure to visit the archives to view the exhibit for yourself.

Congratulations to history interns Brierly Wills, Andrew Harris, Sarah McDonald, and BeAnna Wilburn, whose work in Louise Pettus Archives is featured in the September issue of YC Magazine. Working with Dr. Eddie Lee, these students uncovered two important historical photograph collections. One details social life in 19th-century South Carolina, while the other documents Winthrop’s evolution from 1962 to 2008.

Please check the history department's News and Events page for details about exciting opportunities, including cultural events sponsored by the history department, and departmental news. Are you a current student or alumni of the History Department and want to share your achievements? We would love to hear from you! Please send us your news at Thank you!