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History, Political Science & Philosophy

Chair's Corner

David Coles in the Chair's Corner 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 universities throughout the United States and England, 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 a recent study abroad experience in Africa.

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  • Department earns three sabbaticals

    The university has awarded sabbaticals to Drs. Cantrell, Moore, and Munson for the coming academic year.  More information on their projects and research is detailed in our News Section.

  • Public History major blogs about her Williamsburg internship

    Emily Yates Internship Pic (at Loom) Emily Yates hones her colonial-era weaving skills on a loom.

    Emily Yates, fulfilling her internship requirement at Colonial Williamsburg, is keeping a blog about the experience.  You can follow her 18th-century immersion at: http://williamsburgintern.wordpress.com/.

  • Department Celebrates 2014 Graduates

    Cliff & Coles 250px Jamie Clift ('14) and Dept. Chairman David Coles (and all their bling...er, accomplishments!)

    Faculty and graduates enjoyed the triumph of 60+ graduates at multiple barbecues, receptions and the actual Commencement exercises.