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 April
April 1, 1700:
English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.
April 12, 1861:
The American Civil War begins as Confederate forces fire on the Union held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. Though there were no casualties during the barrage, the event marked the beginning of the bloodiest four years in American history.
April 19, 1775:
The American Revolution begins as “minute-men” militia gather outside the small town
of Lexington Massachusetts and fire on advancing British troops. These American militia
groups continued to harass British forces throughout the day as they marched on to
April 23, 1564:
According to tradition the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Startford-upon-Avon on this day. While it is impossible to be certain this is the day Shakespeare is born, chruch records show he was baptized on April 26, and three days was the customary amount of time to wait for baptizing a newborn.