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Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences

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.


Requirements for a History Major

A major leading to a baccalaureate degree in history requires completion of a minimum of 39 semester hours of study, including the following:

HIST 1110 and 1120: World Civilization (6 hours)
HIST 3410: Introduction to Historical Method (3 hours)
6 3000-level courses (18 hours)
3 4000-level courses (9 hours)
1 course at either the 3000 or 4000-level in any geographic area. (3 credits)

Of the 18 credit hours taken at the 3000 levels, at least 6 credits  must be taken in each of the general areas of United States, European, and World history.

HIST 3410, Introduction to Historical Study, must be taken by all History majors. It should be taken PRIOR to the enrollment in any upper-level (4000-level) courses.

Declaring a Major in History

Carlisle Indian Industrial School.  Public domain image.

To declare a major in History, please schedule an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisors, Dr. Burgess or Melanie Storie


Teacher Education

Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni by  Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1488.  Public Domain ImageTeacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a history teacher in grades 7-12 are asked to see the subject area advisor in the Department of History AND the professional advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel, College of Education.

Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent–All ETSU students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.





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