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In the APSU Department of History and Philosophy you’ll never be just another face in the crowd. The courses, programs, and extracurricular opportunities that are available revolve around YOU! With offerings on campus and online during the regular academic year and over breaks, the department offers students the flexibility to complete not only general degree requirements but entire programs of study at their own pace and in a way that fits into their schedule. With a faculty made up of scholars recognized not only regionally but nationally as well, students have the chance to learn from and work with experts in their fields. With a variety of opportunities outside the classroom, including award-winning student organizations recognized across campus and around the country, majors and non-majors alike will find plenty to do.

The academic courses and programs in this department are designed to help students learn about past events and ideas but also to help students develop skills in analytical thinking and expression. Together these help prepare students for success along a variety of academic and professional career paths. These may include education, public service, or postgraduate study in the humanities or social studies, or in such applied fields as law, religion, and business.


Recent Publications

Book - Cameron SuttCameron Sutt, Slavery in Árpád-era Hungary in a Comparative Context (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

"In Slavery in Árpád-era Hungary in a Comparative Context, Cameron Sutt examines servile labour in the first three centuries of the Hungarian kingdom and compares it with dependent labour in Carolingian Europe. Such comparative methodology provides a particularly clear view of the nature of dependent labour in both regions." Read more.

 

Book - Minoa Uffelman

Minoa Uffelman, Ellen Kanervo, Phyllis Smith, and Eleanor Williams, eds. The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman's Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2014).

"In 1863, while living in Clarksville, Tennessee, Martha Ann Haskins, known to friends and family as Nannie, began a diary. The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman’s Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890 provides valuable insights in to the conditions in occupied Middle Tennessee. A young, elite Confederate sympathizer, Nannie was on the cusp of adulthood with the expectation of becoming a mistress in a slaveholding society. The war ended this prospect, and her life was forever changed. Though this is the first time the diaries have been published in full, they are well known among Civil War scholars, and a voice-over from the wartime diary was used repeatedly in Ken Burns’s famous PBS program The Civil War." Read more.

First Book - Frentzos and ThompsonChristos G. Frentzos and Antonio S. Thompson, eds., The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: the Colonial Period to 1877, vol. 1 (New York: Routledge, 2014).

"The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States. This volume, The Colonial Period to 1877, illuminates the early period of American history, from the colonial warfare of the 17th century through the tribulations of Reconstruction." Read more. 

Second Book - Frentzos and ThompsonChristos G. Frentzos and Antonio S. Thompson, eds., The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: 1865 to the Present, vol. 2 (New York: Routledge, 2014). 

"The Routledge Handbook of U.S. Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States in the modern period. Each chapter begins with a brief introductory essay that provides context for the topical essays that follow by providing a concise narrative of the period, highlighting some of the scholarly debates and interpretive schools of thought as well as the current state of the academic field. Starting after the Civil War, the chapters chronicle America's rise toward empire, first at home and then overseas, culminating in September 11, 2001 and the War on Terror." Read more.

Book - Timothy WesleyTimothy L. Wesley, The Politics of Faith during the Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013).

"In The Politics of Faith during the Civil War, Timothy L. Wesley examines the engagement of both northern and southern preachers in politics during the American Civil War, revealing an era of denominational, governmental, and public scrutiny of religious leaders. Controversial ministers risked ostracism within the local community, censure from church leaders, and arrests by provost marshals or local police. In contested areas of the Upper Confederacy and border Union, ministers occasionally faced deadly violence for what they said or would not say from their pulpits. Even silence on political issues did not guarantee a preacher’s security, as both sides arrested clergymen who defied the dictates of civil and military authorities by refusing to declare their loyalty in sermons or to pray for the designated nation, army, or president." Read more.



Where have APSU alumni gone?
Katelynn DiStefano
Meet Katelynn DiStefano

“Seeing the Fort brought the wounds the men suffered, and the many deaths to light. Learning that the graves of the Confederate soldiers (killed during the battle) are not located spurred me, and I hope to one day use my knowledge and experience in archaeology to help located them."

Katelyn, a graduate, was accepted as a participant in an archaeology project in Peru. 

sara
Meet Sara Alexandar

“I made a lot of connections and met with a variety of professors and students from other universities who were very motivational. The professors were helpful advising people like me who are apprehensive about the difficulty in pursuing a career as a professor in history. “Also, (presenting at an academic conference) looks great on a CV and will benefit me when I apply to graduate school,” Alexander added. 

Sara recently presented her research findings at  the National PAT meeting in Orlando.

 

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