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History

To inquire about this program:
Dr. Debra Salata| 423.869.7154 | [email protected]

History Major

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.  Many organizations that employ historians, such as historical societies and historical consulting firms, depend on donations or public funding. Those with a master’s degree or Ph.D. should have the best job opportunities.  For more information on the job outlook for historians please see: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Historians.

LMU's history major teaches students how to be a historians and provides them with a solid foundation for a variety of careers in teaching, historic preservation, and further study in law school and graduate school. Even if students choose not to develop a career in a history-related field, studying the past will gives students new perspectives on the present and knowledge that is useful for succeeding in any career.

 

Degree Offered

The History Program has three tracks students can choose from to best suit his or her interests and goals. To see suggested courses for the tracks below, click on the link labelled "Four Year Plan".

General History Track: Four Year Plan 

Pre-Law History Track: Four Year Plan 

Public History Track: Four Year Plan 

History Teacher Licensure: Four Year Plan 

 

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Earl Hess

Dr. Charles Hubbard

Dr. Joanna Neilson

Dr. Debra Salata

Dr. Michael Toomey

 

Course Information

Courses for the major include surveys of American and world history; a variety of upper-level elective courses spanning American, European, and Asian and Middle Eastern History; and upper-level courses on historical methodology.
All tracks require the same six core courses:

  • HIST 121 World History to 1500
  • HIST 122 World History since 1500
  • HIST 131 American History to 1877
  • HIST 132 American History since 1877
  • HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Studies
  • HIST 480 Historical Methods

 

Internships

Internships are available on campus at the Abraham Lincoln Library Museum, as well as at several other historic sites and agencies in the region.

 

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of historians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.  Many organizations that employ historians, such as historical societies and historical consulting firms, depend on donations or public funding. Those with a master’s degree or Ph.D. should have the best job opportunities.  For more information on the job outlook for historians please see: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Historians.

With a degree in history, students are prepared for jobs and graduate and professional programs that require solid analytical and communication skills.

Students interested in pursuing a career focused within the history field consider one of the following:

  • Teaching at the secondary school level (with a major in History and Secondary education certification)
  • Teaching at community colleges and four-year colleges (with additional preparation through graduate-level coursework at universities that offer History M.As. and PhDs)
  • Working in research and archival positions at museums, historical societies, and national and state historical parks
  • Working in research and archival positions in the public sector

 

History Minor

The History minor provides students with a more in-depth involvement with History than General Education classes provide on their own. Starting with all four introductory surveys as a solid foundation, students then take at least 9 hours of upper-division classes. For these upper-division classes, students can choose to focus on a particular area of interest, such as 19th century United States, the Ancient and Classical Worlds, Medieval Europe, Britain, South Asia, and the Middle East. A History minor provides students with the ability to sharpen analytical and communication skills through papers and presentations assigned in these upper-division classes. These skills translate across many fields and will benefit anyone heading into the workforce or pursuing furthering their educations. A History minor works particularly well with a major in English, Criminal Justice, or Political Science and is a very viable option because the minor only requires 21 credit hours. Students will already have 6 hours of this minor completed after they finish their General Education History requirement.

Required courses:

HIST 121 World History to 1500   3 credit hours
HIST 122 World History since 1500 3 credit hours
HIST 131 American History to 1877 3 credit hours
HIST 132 American History since 1877 3 credit hours
Electives in History (upper division classes at the 300 or 400 level)  6 credit hours
Total 18 credit hours

 

Alumni Success

You'll find LMU history program graduates:

  • Attending Graduate and Professional Programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee
  • Working as director of tourism and education at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Serving as an official National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Certified Guide at Panther Creek State Park in the historic Holston River Valley
  • Serving in the Tennessee state legislature
  • Practicing law

 

Clubs & Organizations

The History Program sponsors the LMU History Club, an organization open to everyone interested in history and the Mu Nu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history.