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Thank you for your interest in the History Department at East Tennessee State University.  The following information is aimed at assisting those students interested in pursuing History as a major area of study.

For questions about advising for history majors, click  here .

For questions about the Honors in Discipline Program, click  here .

For questions about the career opportunities that a major in history provides, click  here.

Requirements for a History Major

A major leading to a baccalaureate degree in history requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours of study, including the following: 

  • HIST 1110 and 1120: World Civilization (6 hours)
  • HIST 3410: Introduction to Historical Method (3 hours)
  • 2 3000-level courses (6 hours)
  • 5 4000-level courses (15 hours)
  • 1 3000- or 4000-level course (3 hours)

Of the 24 hours taken at the 3000 or 4000-level, at least 6 hours must be taken in each of the general areas of U.S., European, and World History.

HIST 3410, Introduction to Historical Study, must be taken by all History majors.  It should be taken following the completion of HIST 1010 and HIST  1020, PRIOR to the enrollment in any upper-level (3000/4000-level) courses.

HIST 4417, Teaching History is for those students who are seeking an endorsement Secondary Education, with an Education Minor. HIST 4417 does not count toward a History major or minor. It is a course focusing on Curriculum and Instruction; students should not enroll in the course without first consulting with the Undergraduate Advisor .

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the specific requirements for the history major or minor.

Regardless of the number of credits in history which they transfer, they must take a minimum of two 3000-level courses and three 4000-level courses for the major or one 3000-level course and two 4000-level courses for the minor.

Transfer students must maintain a minimum average of "C" in courses taken in the department.

Declaring a Major in History

To declare a major in History, please schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Burgess .  Dr. Burgess' contact information is:

(423) 439-6691
Rogers-Stout 109