Department of History

In the MTSU history department you'll find a community dedicated to good teaching, rigorous scholarship, and community service, a classroom environment that encourages critical thinking and original research, and a multitude of opportunities for hands-on experience in the study of history. 

We are a history department with a strong emphasis on public history. We offer four undergraduate degrees: the B.A. in History, the B.A. in History with teacher licensure, the B.S. in History, and the B.S. in History with teacher licensure. We offer three graduate degrees, the M.A. in History, the M.A. in History with emphasis in Public History, and the Ph.D. in Public History.

We have over 200 undergraduate majors, more than 100 graduate students, many students from other disciplines pursuing the minor in history or one of the interdisciplinary minors housed in the department, and, every semester, hundreds of non-majors enrolled in history surveys to meet the general education requirement.

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What Can You Do With A History Degree?

History majors obtain skills that prepare them for a wide range of careers. These skills include using primary sources, formulating and assessing hypotheses, critically analyzing and evaluating data and sources, understanding and interpreting complex issues and perceiving patterns and structures, as well as crafting clear and persuasive written and spoken arguments. All these are skills that employers highly value and seek out in job applicants. The list of famous people who majored in history includes Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, W.E.B. DuBois, Elena Kagan, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Buffet, Martha Ingram, Charlie Rose, and Henry Kissinger.

For more information see Careers for History Majors and Careers for Students of History.


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Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Emily Baran

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Oral History Association

The executive offices of the OHA have opened at MTSU and will be here for the next five years. The office will be co-directed by Albert Gore Research Center Director Louis Kyriakoudes and History Professor Kristine McCusker.

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