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What does it mean to major in history?

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in history?

What can APSU history majors do after graduation?

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in history?

What scholarship opportunities are available for history majors?

 

What does it mean to major in history?       

You will take specific foundational courses in U.S. and World History and then take six focused, upper-level courses in history that must treat both U.S. and non-U.S. topics.  You will then take a capstone course that takes an in-depth look at a very specific topic to see how different historians have treated that topic.  You will also have a minor in a discipline of your choice.  This really gives you two areas of expertise.

 

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in history?           

We have a very fine faculty with areas of expertise covering the full breadth of history and areas around the world.  Our permanent faculty hold the Ph.D. from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including Cambridge and Vanderbilt .  Our classes are small, and our faculty members know our students by name.  Moreover, our job does not end with your graduation.  We consider it part of our responsibility to help you get into graduate school or get a job after graduation from APSU.  Thus, it is not unusual for APSU faculty and students to develop lifelong bonds.

 

What can APSU history majors do after graduation?

Historians go on to prosper in life as historians, middle-school and high-school teachers,  archivists, park rangers, civil servants, military officers, diplomats, lawyers, businessmen, politicians, and journalists.  A recent survey showed that history was the most common undergraduate degree for the CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies.

 

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in history?        

You may contact Dr. Dewey A. Browder, the Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy, at (931) 221-7919; browderd@apsu.edu; or P.O. Box 4486, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN 37044.  If he is not immediately available, please ask for any history professor.  They can all help you.  For more information about studying history at APSU, follow this link to the History and Philosophy Department website.

 

What scholarship opportunities are available for history majors? 

The "IVA R." Scholarship

Amount: $500 per academic year 
Renewable: Renewable only once but must reapply to be considered 
ProcessAPSU Online Scholarship Application 
Contact: University Advancement | (931) 221-7127

This scholarship was established to assist a junior or senior female student who is on track to become a certified history teacher. The recipient must be a Tennessee native from at least five generations of born Tennesseans. She must also have at least a 3.25 GPA, demonstrating high ethical and moral values and have financial need.

 

Nathaniel Dempsey Memorial Award

Amount: Varies 
Renewable: N/A 
ProcessAPSU Online Scholarship Application and submit essay on the Department of History and Philosophy. 
Contact: Chair, Department of History and Philosophy | (931) 221-7919

This award was established in memory of Nathaniel Dempsey. It provides an award to a junior philosophy major chosen by the philosophy faculty. Award is presented at the annual awards day ceremony. Applicant must write a short essay on why he or she is majoring in philosophy.

 

The Fred Seip, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in History

Amount: $500 
Renewable: Yes 
ProcessAPSU Online Scholarship Application
Contact: Department of History | (931) 221-7919

This endowed scholarship, established in 1992, provides a $500 annual award to a junior or senior with a declared major in history. Selection will be based on need and will be made by the General Scholarship Committee from recommendations by the chair of the History Department. An annual minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and continuing progress toward a degree in history are required for renewal. For further information contact the History Department, APSU Box 4486, telephone (931) 221-7919.

 

Preston Hubbard Scholarship in History

Amount: $500 
Renewable: No 
ProcessAPSU Online Scholarship Application
Contact: Department of History | (931) 221-7919.

This scholarship honoring Preston Hubbard, will be awarded annually in the amount of $500 to a rising freshman (24-36 semester hours) with a declared history major, at least 12 SH in history with a 3.5 GPA in history and an overall 3.0 GPA. For further information contact the History Department, APSU Box 4486, telephone (931) 221-7919.

 

Harold T. Knight Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies 
Renewable: Yes 
ProcessAPSU Online Scholarship Application
Contact: Office of Admissions | (931) 221-7661

This scholarship was established in 2004 in memory of Harold T. Knight by Ms. Janis Mize. Mr. Knight taught at Waverly Central High School. The recipient should be from Waverly, Tennessee and major in mathematics, political science (pre-law) or history.

 

Follow this link to the programs of study for history majors.

 

Follow this link for more information concerning possible careers in history.