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
MTSU True Blue Preview: History
千蠃官网国际网址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
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.
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.
Aliou Ly, program coordinator
千蠃官网国际网址Students majoring in History must fulfill all the requirements for the B.A. degree (see ), 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.
千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:
General Education (41 hours)
requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
- 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
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
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: