History Program Information
Phone (423) 439-4222
Web address: www.etsu.edu/cas/history/
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 diversity, 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 is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate studies, such as law and religion. The non-professional historian can find a rewarding career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, business, administration, and other occupations that call for strong critical thinking and communication skills
MINOR: Students majoring in history are required to have a minor, preferably one that complements the major in regard to post-baccalaureate plans. History courses taken as part of the minor program cannot be double-counted as part of a history major, a second major, or another minor.
GPA REQUIREMENTS: History majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in all history courses taken in the major, with no grade less than a C in any history course. History majors must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor, unless the minor specifically requires a higher GPA. Classes in which a C- or lower has been earned must be repeated for a higher grade or the class will not count toward the completion of the major. However, if not repeated for a higher grade, they will still be used in the calculation of the overall GPA.
Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:
Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website http://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ or call (423) 439-5602.
Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:
Contact Dr. Doug Burgess [email@example.com; (423) 439-6691] or Melanie Storie [firstname.lastname@example.org; (423) 439-8558] for advising.
Transfer students majoring in history should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.
For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Doug Burgess, Professor and Chair [email@example.com; (423) 439-6691.]
General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours
Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.
Electives: 13-22 Credit Hours
Graduation in this major/concentration requires a minimum of 120 credits, including General Education requirements, CSCI 1100, College Degree requirements, Major requirements, and Minor requirements. Passing the CSCI 1100 proficiency test produces no credit, but satisfies the graduation requirement (see http://www.cs.etsu.edu/academics/proficiency). If the total credits from these areas are less than 120 credits, students may use free electives to complete the requirement.
Teaching Program Information
Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a teacher will major in the subject they wish to teach and minor in Secondary Education. They should see their major advisor AND an advisor in the College of Education Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Teacher Education program has separate admission requirements, and teaching certification has these additional requirements:
- Professional Education requirements met through the Secondary Education Minor
- Fulfillment of Teaching Content Area requirements
- Successful completion of CUAI 4580 “Residency II”
- Praxis II for content area
- PLT Praxis
- Recommendation for Licensure
All students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the College of Education Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework has been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.