The Department of History sponsors three opportunities for students to study abroad in conjunction with the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
Jointly sponsored by the departments of English and History, the six-week program explores the history and literature of Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Faculty within the History Department or the English Department serve as the Resident Director and accompany the group to Cambridge during the summer.
Conducted continuously since 1981, Davidson’s Semester-in-India Program is among the oldest study abroad opportunities offered by a liberal arts college in the United States. Students study and reside at Madras Christian College and enjoy extensive travel as part ot the program.
In the fall semester 2007, Davidson launched its inaugural Peru program. The program is based in Arequipa. Known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, this provincial city sits at the base of the inactive volcano Misti roughly 7,000 feet above sea level. Students will live with Peruvian families while taking classes at the Universidad de San Agustin. In addition to numerous local field trips, two lengthy journeys bookend the course time in Arequipa and expose students to varied Peruvian landscapes from coastal desert to mountainous highlands to Amazonian jungle.