• Constitution Day is celebrated annually through the American Democracy Project
  • Students had the opportunity to "Meet John Adams" at Walker Library
  • Visiting lecturers open the world to MTSU students

History

MTSU offers a multitude of opportunities for hands-on experience in the study of history and encourages critical thinking and original research. The program emphasizes public history, with MTSU among the first American universities to embrace the field. Faculty members include book authors and editors, officers in learned societies, and contributors to journals. A media lab allows students to integrate filmmaking, web design, and other new media into their programs.

Center leads historic preservation efforts

The Center for Historic Preservation, a national leader, works with historic properties including one related to voting rights in Selma, Alabama. It administers the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Rural African American Church Survey, Tennessee Century Farms, and Teaching with Primary Sources Across Tennessee programs.

Gore Center collects papers for research

MTSU's Albert Gore Research Center preserves primary source materials related to Tennessee history, serves as the University archive, and provides public programming. The papers of former congressman/senator Albert Gore Sr. (‘32) form the cornerstone of the collection. In 2012, the Gore Center and the Center for Popular Music presented a history of political songs/jingles online.

MTSU graduates are hired by universities and school systems, historic sites, state agencies, private consulting firms, historical agencies, historic preservation organizations, exhibit design firms, Main Street programs, museums, archives, and planning commissions throughout the nation. Public historians work in a wide range of professional settings with public audiences of all ages.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • National Park Service
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Belmont Mansion
  • Rutherford County Archives
  • Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University

Students majoring in History can choose to earn a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in History or a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) in History or they may pursue either degree with Teacher Licensure.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

A minor in history is also offered. The department additionally coordinates interdisciplinary minors in African American Studies; Media, History, and Culture; Environment and Human Society; Medieval Studies; Southern Studies; Twentieth-Century European Studies; American Culture; and War, Policy, and Security.

Three graduate degrees are available: the M.A. in History, the M.A. in History with emphasis in Public History, and the Ph.D. in Public History.

Students in the Master of Arts in History program may choose a major field in United States or European History, but graduate classes in global history can fulfill requirements for the minor field.

Students in the Master of Arts in History program with an emphasis in Public History may choose one of four areas: historic preservation, cultural resource management, museum management, and archival management. Heritage tourism studies and oral history are also significant faculty strengths.

MTSU's Ph.D. program, which began in 2005, is the first to declare public history as the major field of study. The innovative, practice-based, individualized program of study is offered in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation and the Center for Popular Music.

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History, B.A.

Department of History 
615-898-2631
Yuan-ling Chao, program coordinator
YuanLing.Chao@mtsu.edu

Students majoring in History must fulfill all the requirements for the B.A. degree (see Academic Policies and Procedures), to include a foreign language and a specific minor listed for the B.A. History majors are to see their departmental advisors at least once per semester.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

History, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • 6 credit hours from HIST 2010, 2020, or 2030
  • 3 credit hours from HIST 1010, 1110, 1020, or 1120 (recommended)

Major Requirements (39 hours)

  • HIST 1010 - Survey Western Civilization I

    3 credit hours

    A survey of Western humanity from the earliest cultures to 1715. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. HIST 1010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 1020.

  • HIST 1110 - Survey World Civilization I

    3 credit hours

    A global approach to history, with cultural interchange as a major thematic focus; reasons for the rise and decline of civilizations. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. HIST 1110 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 1120.

  • HIST 1020 - Survey Western Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    A survey of Western humanity since 1715. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

  • HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    The impact of Western expansion upon the indigenous civilizations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; their mutual interchange in the creation of the modern world. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

NOTE: Three hours from HIST 1010, 1110, 1020, or 1120 counted as General Education credit.

 

Choose 6 credit hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  (6 credit hours counted in General Education) 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • HIST 3010 - The Historian's Craft  3 credit hours  OR 

    HIST 3010 - The Historian's Craft

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Investigates the full range of activities of professional historians, teaches skills of research and writing history, and prepares students to enter the professional job market or to seek further education. Required for all History majors. Grade of C- or above is required.

  • HIST 3011 - Teaching Historical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Offers preparation for learning to think historically and developing that skill in middle and high school students and to people in public settings including planning, developing, and implementing lesson plans and assessing their results. Either HIST 3010 or HIST 3011 fulfills the History major requirement . Grade of C- or above is required.  

  • U.S. History electives 6 credit hours
  • European History electives 6 credit hours
  • Global History electives 6 credit hours
  • HIST elective 3 credit hours
  • HIST 4985 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    HIST 4985 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HIST 3010/HIST 3011 and a minimum of 12 upper-division hours in history or permission of the undergraduate director. Capstone course for History majors. Students will conduct original research and produce a research paper, a pedagogical project, or a research-based creative project. Requires a formal oral presentation for completion of the course. May be taken for credit once.

Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (19-22 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: History

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Foreign Language 1010, 1020 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Foreign Language 2010, 2020 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • HIST 1010 - Survey Western Civilization I  3 credit hours  Hum/FA OR 

    HIST 1010 - Survey Western Civilization I

    3 credit hours

    A survey of Western humanity from the earliest cultures to 1715. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. HIST 1010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 1020.

  • HIST 1110 - Survey World Civilization I  3 credit hours  Hum/FA 

    HIST 1110 - Survey World Civilization I

    3 credit hours

    A global approach to history, with cultural interchange as a major thematic focus; reasons for the rise and decline of civilizations. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement. HIST 1110 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 1120.

AND

  • HIST 1020 - Survey Western Civilization II  3 credit hours  Hum/FA OR 

    HIST 1020 - Survey Western Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    A survey of Western humanity since 1715. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

  • HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II  3 credit hours  Hum/FA 

    HIST 1120 - Survey World Civilization II

    3 credit hours

    The impact of Western expansion upon the indigenous civilizations of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; their mutual interchange in the creation of the modern world. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education Humanities and/or Fine Arts requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • HIST 3011 - Teaching Historical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Offers preparation for learning to think historically and developing that skill in middle and high school students and to people in public settings including planning, developing, and implementing lesson plans and assessing their results. Either HIST 3010 or HIST 3011 fulfills the History major requirement . Grade of C- or above is required.  

  • HIST 3010 - The Historian's Craft

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Investigates the full range of activities of professional historians, teaches skills of research and writing history, and prepares students to enter the professional job market or to seek further education. Required for all History majors. Grade of C- or above is required.

 

  • Minor courses 9 credit hours
  • European history electives 6 credit hours
  • U.S. history electives 6 credit hours
  • Global history elective 3 credit hours
  • General elective 3 credit hour

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

  • HIST 4985 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    HIST 4985 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HIST 3010/HIST 3011 and a minimum of 12 upper-division hours in history or permission of the undergraduate director. Capstone course for History majors. Students will conduct original research and produce a research paper, a pedagogical project, or a research-based creative project. Requires a formal oral presentation for completion of the course. May be taken for credit once.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours (if necessary for 18-hour minor)
  • Global history elective 3 credit hours
  • History elective 3 credit hours
  • General electives 16 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours