The Department of History provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical forces that have shaped the world’s civilizations. Studying history helps one to develop a critical perspective on the world and to understand how one’s own identity and culture relate to those of others. The Department particularly prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings, its emphasis on faculty and student research, and the opportunities it offers for students to engage in internships in the Memphis community.
No matter what vocation a student chooses after graduation, historical study helps one to comprehend and contextualize the problems of contemporary society, while also enhancing one’s research, writing, and presentation skills.]
Della Hebert, the 2013 Shelby Foote Fellow, transcribes and annotates a portion of the personal diaries of the twentieth century southern writer Shelby Foote. For the past year and a half, Rhodes history majors have been engaged in this work, which will eventually culminate in the creation of a digital version of the diaries. The Shelby Foote Fellowship is one of several hands-on research and archival opportunities available through the Department of History at Rhodes College.