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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 launches C.G. Gordon Moss Lecture Series in American History

    Moss Photo at 140px wide C.G. Gordon Moss

    Longwood's Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy is proud to announce the start of a lecture series inspired by the professional craft and civic engagement of C.G. Gordon Moss, dept. member from 1944-1969.  More information is available in our news links.

  • Department Celebrates with May 2013 Graduates

    Ashby-Benitez Tannia Benitez and Jeremy Ashby
  • Longwood Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Inducts 2013 Members

    Phi Alpha Theta Inductees - 2013

    Inductees after the 2013 Ceremony. See our news section for names and the full photo.