Nov 30, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Box 70672
Phone: (423) 439-4222
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For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Doug Burgess, Professor and Interim Chair [; (423) 439-6691].

History is the study of humans as revealed by the past. The study of history is an indispensable intellectual endeavor for students who desire to understand and appreciate the human condition in all its diversities as well as the historical process that has shaped their personal lives. The Department of History offers a wide array of courses in the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States designed to acquaint students with the complexities of today’s multicultural “global village” and to deepen their understanding of the events, opinions, ideas, and facts they will need to make informed political, social, and personal judgments throughout their lives. The study of history provides an appropriate background for almost any career. The history degree (B.S.  or B.A. ) is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate studies, such as law and religion. The preprofessional historian can find a rewarding career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, administration, and other occupations that call for a strong liberal arts background.

Transfer Students-Transfer students must meet the specific requirements for the history major or minor. Regardless of the number of credits in history they transfer, they must take a minimum of three 3000-level courses and two 4000-level courses for the major, or one 3000-level course and two 4000-level courses for the minor. Transfer students must maintain a minimum average of C in courses taken in the department.

Graduate Study-The Department of History offers graduate programs leading to a master of arts. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog.

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