Why study history at TSU?

Our curriculum encourages students to explore history from multiple perspectives including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation on local, national, and global levels. As faculty, we develop the intellectual potential of our majors and minors through course offerings, invited guest speakers, internships, research opportunities, and close mentorship. Studying and researching past events and their impact on the human experience creates informed citizen-scholars who understand and appreciate our diverse and ever-changing world.

How can a degree in history impact my future?

Employers in a wide variety of fields are looking for committed lifelong learners who are skilled writers, researchers, and critical thinkers, all of which the study of history cultivates. History majors and minors most commonly move into the following fields:

  • Teaching and education
  • Law
  • Public history (jobs such as park rangers, museum curators, or archivists)
  • Government, public administration, or politics
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofits (social welfare or educational organizations)

A degree in history indicates to employers in these and other fields that a person has developed the following highly sought-after skills:

  • Ability to find, read, understand, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to place events in a larger chronological and cultural context
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the workplace and learn new skills quickly
  • Ability to recognize ethical dimensions of workplace decisions and practices
  • Enhanced cultural and historical awareness
  • Enhanced capacity for critical thinking

After developing your abilities with TSU’s history program, your career opportunities are wide open.

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Program Overview

We offer two main degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in History. Both require that you complete TSU’s General Education Requirements plus at least 39 hours of history courses. The BA requires that you that you take four semesters of a non-English language, or are already fluent in a non-English language. The BS does not require a foreign language but asks you to specialize in public history or become versed in other social sciences. Additionally, students may obtain either of these degrees while also getting a teacher’s license. Please follow the below links for the relevant course maps:

  • BA in History
  • BS in History
  • BA in History-concentration in teacher licensure
  • BS in History-concentration in teacher licensure

Listing of Requirements

History Program Learning Outcomes

  • Historical Content Knowledge: Demonstrate and apply a comprehensive and accurate understanding of major topics, themes, and developments in U.S. and world history.
  • Methods: Demonstrate and apply thought and methodologies specific to the discipline of History.
  • Written Communication: Communicate clearly and effectively in college-level writing, applying standard diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
  • Original Research and Historical Analysis: Conduct thorough historical research with recourse to both primary and secondary sources, and advance original historical arguments in a well-written essay with appropriate use and citation of these sources.


To discuss majoring or minoring in history, please contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Dachowski
Crouch 320, 615-963-5742, edachowski@tnstate.edu

To discuss majoring or minoring in history with teacher certification, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Patrick
Crouch 413D, 615-963-5742, apatric2@tnstate.edu