The Washington County Historical Association: (WCHA) Awards of Merit program annually
recognizes individuals, as well as organizations, whose work have significantly contributed
to our understanding of community history as it occurred throughout Washington County’s
historical boundaries, including work on Sullivan, Greene, Johnson, Unicoi and Carter
History is the study of humans as revealed by the past. The study of history is an
indispensable intellectual endeavor for students who desire to understand and appreciate
the human condition in all its diversity, as well as the historical process that has
shaped their personal lives. The Department of History offers a wide array of courses
in the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States designed
to acquaint students with the complexities of today's multicultural "global village"
and to deepen their understanding of the events, opinions, ideas, and facts they will
need to make informed political, social, and personal judgments throughout their lives.
The study of history provides an appropriate background for almost any career. The
history degree is particularly useful in preparation for professional and graduate
studies, such as law and religion. The non-professional historian can find a rewarding
career in teaching, archival work, museums, journalism, government, administration,
and other occupations that call for a strong liberal arts background.
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