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History, Political Science & Philosophy

Chair's Corner

Dr. David Coles Dr. David Coles, Chair

One of the Largest Departments at Longwood

With approximately 300 history and political science majors, the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy is one of the largest at Longwood University. Students can choose from a number of concentrations in history and political science, or earn a minor in those two disciplines, as well as in philosophy. 

Qualified Faculty & Student Success

Our faculty have PhDs from leading universities throughout the United States, and in addition to teaching a variety of upper level classes and survey classes, they continue to undertake scholarly activities in their areas of specialty. Our students have completed internships at many prestigious institutions and, following their graduation from Longwood, an increasing number have gone on to earn graduate degrees in the US and Europe. 

Department Pride

We are proud of our department and find that our students are as well. Look for frequent updates to the website and feel free to contact myself or other members of the department if you should have any questions about our programs.

Dr. David Coles, Chair


Longwood History major Courtenay Kelly teaches during her study abroad experience in Africa.

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  • 17th Civil War Conference turns to history after Appomattox

    Union Soldiers at Appomattox Union Soldiers at Appomattox Courthouse, 1865

    The department's sponsorship of the ever-growing Civil War Conference continues with the 17th edition, focusing this year on the immediate aftermath of Lee's surrender at Appomattox.  National speakers will be addressing this theme at a conference in Jarman Hall that is free and open to the public.  For details, please visit our new release.

  • Alumni successes profiled in our Spotlight section. Check it out! Tell us your story!

  • Students garner numerous awards and scholarships

    Lane & Coles with Award

    The department recognized six students with scholarships and awards this past spring, plus the induction of 19 new members into Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society.