History

Students present at the annual research symposium
The study of history is one foundation of a liberal arts education. Historical study is not the memorization of long lists of dates, names and places. It is an attempt to comprehend the past on its own terms, to consider the factors that lead to historical change, to enhance our understanding and appreciation of other cultures, to consider the human experience over time and place.

Goals

  1. This course of study will prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Teaching on the secondary level is one common career path for history majors, but their skill set also qualifies them for a number of graduate and professional programs, including public history, law school, public administration, international relations, information science, and masters-level business programs.
  2. Students will develop skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, close reading, the recognition and creation of reasoned arguments, and the evaluation of supporting evidence to produce superior essays and papers.

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Dr. Patrick O

Patrick O’Neil, Ph.D.

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education
(910) 630-7067
Trustees 230
Dr. Patrick O
Patrick O’Neil, Ph.D.

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education

B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Patrick W. O’Neil is Chair and Associate Professor of History; he is also Co-Director of Women’s Studies.

His research focuses on America in the years before the Civil War, encompassing politics, culture, and gender, and he is hard at work on a book about weddings during that time. The book is called Inventing the American Wedding, and it compares the way that various Americans married when the white wedding was still a new thing.

As a teacher, Professor O’Neil believes that people learn best when they have the chance to figure things out for themselves. His courses ask students to lead class discussions and to research difficult ideas; the assumption is that if you come ready to play, you can match wits with the best thinkers in America. He won Methodist University’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award in 2014.

When Professor O’Neil is stressed out, he goes for a run. Otherwise, he spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking about North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, the Beatles, and barbecue

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(910) 630-7067
Trustees 230