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"As former director of LMU's History Program, I know how important it is for students to find the right discipline to major in and how important it is for them to feel that they are not just another face in a vast sea of students. We are small enough, as a program and a university, to offer individual attention to our majors. Helping them through their course work and helping them shape their professional lives are the reasons we are here."
--Dr. Earl J. Hess


To inquire about this program:
Dr. Joanna Neilson| 423.869.6427 |

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.

Degree Offered

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 Minor

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.

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      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


Special Features

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.

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


Full-time Faculty
Dr. Earl J. Hess
Dr. Charles M. Hubbard
Dr. Joanna Neilson
Dr. Debra A. Salata
Dr. Michael Toomey

Associated Faculty
Dr. Ted Booth
Mr. Tom Mackie


Internships will give you a firsthand look at how historians work, and provide valuable hands-on experience. Our majors have interned with:
  • The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Lincoln Memorial University
  • The Bell County Historical Society in Middlesboro
  • The Tennessee state legislature

Career Opportunities

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:
  • 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

Alumni Success

You'll find our history 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
  • Taking a leading role at LMU as the Associate Dean of Students
  • 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.