Department of History and Religion

Department Programs

6 results found.
History
The Department of History provides quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. 
Visit Program Page : History
History classroom
History, African American History and Culture
The Department of History provides quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. 
Visit Program Page : History, African American History and Culture
History, Pre-Law
This program is a means of assisting students in meeting the requirements to get into law school.
Visit Program Page : History, Pre-Law
library study spaces
History, Public History
Chowan University offers a specialized track for Public History that is great for students looking for specific history-related jobs such as museum curators, historical guides or archival researchers.
Visit Program Page : History, Public History
Trey Gilliam
Religion
With a major or minor in religious studies, you will learn to read texts closely, think critically, and write clearly.
Visit Program Page : Religion
Social Studies (9-12) Education
The Department of History provides quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. 
Visit Program Page : Social Studies (9-12) Education

History Studies

The Department of History provides quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. 

We teach students to separate the fact from the fiction and bridge the gap between past and present. History majors have to be one part detective and one part director, researching events extensively and then retelling the story in a way that captivates audiences.

Our program equips students like you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the practicing historian, who actively studies and interprets the past. Graduates are prepared to study history in graduate school, participate in professional activities and succeed in a career. As a key part of the liberal arts curriculum, historical studies shape citizens who can think broadly and critically about themselves and the world, which is still shaped today by the hands of history. As such, our students have used their degree to succeed in a wide variety of careers.

Our program also offers a specialized Pre-law Program that helps students gain the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in law school.  Statistically, students who major in history perform very well on the LSAT. Our graduates who have gone on to law school regularly comment that their experience as a history major at Chowan prepared them well for the challenges of law school. Students in the pre-law track will also have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the local district attorney’s office through an internship before graduating.

Studying history is an essential part of a liberal arts education, which maintains value throughout different careers and informs important decisions across disciplines. Chowan University’s Department of History provides these exciting degree programs with specialized courses in American History, European History, Developing World History, Geography, and Political Science.

religion studies

The Chowan University Department of Religion embraces the university’s history as a university founded by Baptists before the American Civil War. Thus, we are proud of our many majors and minors who enter seminary in order to prepare for Christian ministry. While we embrace our denominational heritage, we also seek to expand upon that heritage with a modern-day academic approach to the study of religion. This means that, because people of all backgrounds find religion a fascinating area of inquiry, any or no personal religious preference is welcome in our department. As such, some religion majors and minors may pursue careers in journalism, law, medicine, military service, and social work after graduation.

With a major or minor in religious studies, you will learn to read texts closely, think critically, and write clearly. These skills, hallmarks of a liberal arts education, prepare students for diverse areas of future graduate study and/or professional careers. Whatever your motivation for the study of religion, we invite you to pull up a chair and join us at the table for lively discussions centered upon the major religious traditions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Whether you are interested in the academic study of Religion, pursuing additional graduate study in the future, looking to add ethical value to your professional career, or pursuing vocational ministry, the Department of Religion will equip you with a classic liberal arts education to meet your goals.


Learn by Doing

As a History major, you can connect your classroom knowledge with real-world experience. The Chowan University chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the History Club offers students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.

Study Abroad

Ryan Martin

“Being a part of these study abroad trips allows you to be open-minded with people all over the world and learn things you may have never known about in your lifetime.”

Ryan Martin ’21 | Business Major

academic headlines

Chowan Clock and Seal
Academics, Campus News

Chowan University Announces Spring 2022 President’s List Honors

Chowan University officially announced the President’s List honorees for Spring 2022.  To earn a place on the President’s List, a student must complete 12 or more credit hours during the semester and earn a semester GPA of 3.8 or higher. The following students have been designated President’s List honorees for Spring 2022: Annery Esther Abreu Haydon.

Keep Reading “Chowan University Announces Spring 2022 President’s List Honors”
Chowan front gate
Academics, Campus News

Department of Education Continues Wavier for Certain Verification Requirments for 2022-23

Released on Monday, “The Department of Education recognizes the need to continue to provide relief to millions of students and colleges facing challenges and barriers resulting from the ongoing national emergency. Therefore, we are continuing our waiver of certain verification requirements into the 2022-2023 award year. This means we are maintaining verification requirements that strictly.

Keep Reading “Department of Education Continues Wavier for Certain Verification Requirments for 2022-23”
PICA 2022
Academics

56th Annual PICA Awards: Student Competition

The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) recognized Chowan University students as winners of the prestigious PICA Awards. Each year PICA hosts a competition among members of the print industry to recognize excellence within the industry. There are also high school and collegiate levels of competition. This year’s winners were announced at an Awards.

Keep Reading “56th Annual PICA Awards: Student Competition”
Ed Snyder
Dr. Edward Snyder Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History and Religion 252-398-6254

Meet History and Religion

Dr. Jill Awuni
Assistant Professor of Religion and Business Administration; Director of International Students
Meet Dr. Jill Awuni
Dr. David Ballew
Associate Professor of History; Coordinator for Chowan Tutoring
Meet Dr. David Ballew
Dr. J Brabban II
Professor of Religion Emeritus
Meet Dr. J Brabban II
Dr. Paul Gilliam
Professor of Religion; Director of the Religion Program
Meet Dr. Paul Gilliam
Ed Snyder
Dr. Edward Snyder
Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History and Religion
Meet Dr. Edward Snyder
Greg Taylor
Dr. Gregory Taylor
Distinguished Professor of History
Meet Dr. Gregory Taylor