Field Survey of Disciplinary Structure Clemson University's Department of History and Geography

According to their website, the CAAH celebrates various modes of expression and study: "Our students and faculty see their ideas expressed in many forms – as buildings and landscapes; as the written word; as music and drama; as paintings, pottery, prints and photographs. We work in the very oldest media to the very newest. We work alone, and we work together, seeking not only the visionary answers, but also the enduring questions."

Departments within the CAAH

  • Architecture
  • Art, Construction Science and Management
  • English
  • History
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • City Planning and Real Estate Development

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Ph.D. Planning, Design, and Built Environment
  • Ph.D. Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design
  • B.A. Pan-African Studies
  • B.A. Women's Leadership
  • B.A. World Cinema
  • Minor in Pan-African Studies
  • Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Hardin Hall, built in 1890, is the oldest building on campus and received a facelift in 2002 to update its technological capabilities.
According to the "About Us" page, Clemson's department of History and Geography "is home to 24 faculty members who cover a wide range of fields and who have been honored with numerous awards for both teaching and scholarship."


  • Department Chair: James Burns
  • Undergraduate Coordinator: Amit Bein
  • Graduate Coordinator: Paul Anderson
  • Administrative Assistant: Sheri Ellen Marcus
  • Administrative Specialist: Jeannette Carter

Students can concentrate on Public History, Digital History, Pre-Law, and there is a major and minor in Pan-African Studies. Dr. Abel Bartley is the director of the Pan-African Studies program, a trans-disciplinary degree.

Possible Candidates for my second support area: African American and indigenous histories in South Carolina
  • Dr. Rod Andrew Jr. -- He teaches courses in American History 1865-present, the New South, Major Problems in Souther History (graduate seminar), and American Historiography (graduate seminar). He's also published about Black military schools during the Jim Crow years.
  • Dr. Abel Bartley -- As the director of the Pan-African Studies program and author of essays and books on race, politics, and the Civil Rights movement, Dr. Bartley seems like an excellent candidate for my committee. When he spoke at the RCID Research Forum last year, he shared his research from his latest book that traces federation integration laws in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Dr. Vernon Burton -- A likely candidate because of his prolific work with the American South, race relations, and community, I hesitate because of his big name. I spoke in his Intro to Digital History course last semester with Jan, so that could be a great segue.
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April OBrien


All photos are taken from Clemson University's website, including the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, and the Department of History and Geography.

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