Made and Molded by History

Welcome to the Department of History and Social Sciences at William Carey University, where academic excellence and faith intersect to cultivate a deep understanding of the past and its profound impact on the present and future. Our department is a vibrant community of scholars, learners, and explorers dedicated to uncovering the complexities of human societies, cultures, and interactions throughout history.

The Department of History and Social Science at our university is dedicated to providing a comprehensive understanding of human societies, past and present. Our programs are designed to foster critical engagement with historical and social scientific literature, theories, and methodologies. We offer degrees in History and Social Science, along with minors in Geography and History, and provide specialized pre-law curricular planning and advisement for students aiming for a career in law.

In partnership with the School of Education, we also prepare future educators through our Master’s programs in History and Education with a concentration in history/social studies education. These programs are tailored to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to inspire and educate the next generation, focusing on creating inclusive and effective learning environments.

Our students benefit from unique learning opportunities that include archival research, international study-travel experiences, and participation in scholarly programs such as colloquia and conferences. These experiences not only enrich their understanding but also prepare them for a wide range of professional paths in education, research, and beyond. Through rigorous academic training and real-world engagement, our department is committed to nurturing scholars, educators, and leaders who are ready to contribute to society and the field of history and social science.

Find Your Calling

Embark on a journey to discover your passion and purpose at William Carey University. Here, education goes beyond textbooks, blending innovation, faith, and learning to prepare you for not just a career, but a calling.

Meet the Chair

Dr. Myron Noonkester

Dr. Myron Noonkester is the dean of the Noonkester School of Arts and Letters. The School is named for his parents Ralph and Naomi Noonkester. Dr. Ralph Noonkester served as president of William Carey College from 1956 to 1989, and Naomi Noonkester was the registrar in the early 1950s.

Dr. Noonkester has served as a professor instructor and administrator at William Carey University since 1983. His teaching ranges from early modern British history to the history of Mississippi.

His scholarly interests include sheriffs in the Atlantic world and Edward Gibbon, historian of Roman decline. His favorite publications are his research notes regarding English literary figures, including novelists Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope and playwright John Marston.

Dr. Noonkester is a founding co-director of Center for the Study of the Life and Work of William Carey, which is housed in Donnell Hall on the Hattiesburg campus and on the university website.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Ph.D., British History | University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, History | Duke University, Angier B. Duke Scholar