To inquire about this program:
Dr. Joanna Neilson| 423.869.6427 | joanna.neilson@LMUnet.edu
LMU's history major will teach you to be a historian and provide you with a solid foundation for a variety of careers in teaching, historic preservation, and further study in law school and graduate school. Even if you don't want to develop a career in a history-related field, studying the past will give you new perspectives on the present and knowledge that is useful for succeeding in any career.
Bachelor of Arts
The History Program has three tracks students can choose from to best suit his or her interests and goals.
History – General Track
Suggested Four Year Plan for the General Track
History – Pre-Law Track
Suggested Four Year Plan for the Pre-Law Track
History – Public History Track
Suggested Four Year Plan for the Public History Track
History - Secondary (6-12) Teacher Licensure
Suggested Four Year Plan for the History Education Track
The History minor provides students with a more in-depth involvement with History than the 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.
|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||9 credit hours|
Students will choose 9 credit hours of upper-division classes (classes at the 300 and 400 levels) to complete this minor. Typically 9 credit hours equals three classes.
|Total||21 credit hours|
LMU's history faculty include specialists in the American Civil War, British imperialism, historical geography, and museum studies.
Students may choose from concentrations in the Civil War, military history, British history, Appalachia, and museum studies.
Internships are available with the Tennessee state legislature and through a study abroad program in London.
Capstone courses such as Historical Methods and Introduction to Historiography provide a careful look at how historians do their craft.
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:
Internships will give you a firsthand look at how historians work, and provide valuable hands-on experience. Our majors have interned with:
With a degree in history, you will be prepared for any job and many graduate and professional programs that require solid analytical and communication skills, making this major highly applicable to today’s job market.
For those interested in pursuing a career in history itself, consider one of the following:
You'll find our history graduates:
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.