The study of humans as revealed by the past
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. From world history to religious studies, from law schools to journalism, ETSU's Department of History prepares students for career and graduate school success!
Historical Events in December
December 1, 1955:
In Montgromey Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Her actions led to the successful Montgomery Bys Boycott organized by a young minister named Martin Luther King Junior.
December 7, 1941:
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, 360 Japanese warplanes descended on the U.S Naval base at Pearl Harbor in a devastating surprise attack. That attack was a critical blow to the U.S. Pacific fleet and officially drew the United States into World War Two.
December 16, 1773:
In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians
board British cargo ships and dump over 300 chests of tea into the harbor. The midnight
raid became known as the Boston Tea Party and the event signaled an escalation in
tensions between the British and the colonists.
December 25, 1914:
Shortly after midnight on Christmas morning, German troops cease firing their guns and artillery and begin to sing Christmas carols. Along certain points of the eastern and western fronts, Soldiers from opposing sides climb out of their trenches to exchange gifts and sing carols. In one instance even a friendly soccer game was played amongst German and British troops.