History and International Studies

This diverse department encourages students to explore the American past, the European heritage, and Non-Western cultures, providing excellent preparation for law or graduate school, government service, seminary, museum and archive work, or secondary education.

The History and International Studies department encourages exploration of the American past, European heritage, and Non-Western cultures.

A major in History is an excellent foundation for graduate study in law, theology, the humanities, and social sciences with a curriculum designed to encourage students to read critically, think creatively, research thoroughly, and write effectively.

The interdisciplinary International Studies major provides a broad liberal arts foundation, a basic knowledge of foreign cultures, and an opportunity to concentrate in studies of one or more geographic regions. The increasing interdependence of people, nations and institutions at all level calls for an in-depth study of politics, markets, culture, media and information on the global scale. This program prepares students for graduate study, a position in a non-governmental organization such as the Peace Corps or church-related mission work.

  • Faculty

    Katharine Antolini, Department Chair, Assistant Professor
    B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    M.A., Ph.D.,West Virginia University
    Email: antolini@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8019

    Tamara Bailey, Assistant Professor
    B.A., West Virginia University
    M.A., West Virginia University
    Ph.D in History, West Virginia University
    Email: bailey_t@wvwc.edu

    Dr. Stephen Cresswell, Professor
    B.A., University of Virginia
    M.A., M.L.S., Catholic University
    Ph.D., University of Virginia
    Email: cresswell@wvwc.edu

    Robert Rupp

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  • Majors
    • History - B.A.

      Students will:

      • Students will be expected, given appropriate notice and time for preparation, to discuss the subject matter intelligently as would a historian, albeit a novice one. 
      • Students will be able to explain continuity and change over time and place and articulate factual and contextual knowledge in both western and non-western histories.
      • Students will think critically when they encounter conflicting evidence on the historical topic of interest to them. 
      • Students will recognize that there is no one historical truth through the identification and examination of the fundamental problems of historical interpretation and the study of the historical “schools” of analysis in western and non-western fields. 
      • Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate the validity of opposing perspectives on historical issues, and thereby develop skills in critical thinking.
      • Students will express their knowledge and ideas in clear and purposeful writing using multiple research techniques and methods. 
      • Students will conduct historical and archival research, independently and /or collaboratively, to integrate it with established scholarly work, and to present findings in written forms that acknowledge sources properly, fully and fairly. 
      • Students will express their historical knowledge in oral formats. 
      • Students will demonstrate their ability to speak knowledgeably and appropriately in a variety of academic settings.
    • International Studies – Concentrations in European or Global Studies – B.A.

      Students will: 

      • Demonstrate analytical and critical writing and speaking skills about the international community.
      • Demonstrate knowledge of economic, historical, political and cultural factors between nation-states in the regional and international arena.
      • Develop Intercultural awareness.
      • Identify and describe thematic problems and issues from a cultural, historical, economic, social or political viewpoint.
      • Demonstrate proficiency in basic social science or historical research methods.
  • Minors
    • History

      Students will: 

      • Students will be expected, given appropriate notice and time for preparation, to discuss the subject matter intelligently as would a historian, albeit a novice one. 
      • Students will be able to explain continuity and change over time and place and articulate factual and contextual knowledge in both western and non-western histories.
      • Students will think critically when they encounter conflicting evidence on the historical topic of interest to them. 
      • Students will recognize that there is no one historical truth through the identification and examination of the fundamental problems of historical interpretation and the study of the historical “schools” of analysis in western and non-western fields. 
      • Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate the validity of opposing perspectives on historical issues, and thereby develop skills in critical thinking.
      • Students will express their knowledge and ideas in clear and purposeful writing using multiple research techniques and methods. 
      • Students will conduct historical and archival research, independently and /or collaboratively, to integrate it with established scholarly work, and to present findings in written forms that acknowledge sources properly, fully and fairly. 
      • Students will express their historical knowledge in oral formats. 
      • Students will demonstrate their ability to speak knowledgeably and appropriately in a variety of academic settings.