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History and Philosophy

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.

Department of History and Philosophy

In the 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.




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The study of history focuses on explaining why or how things have changed over time. It also teaches humility and understanding by studying people living in the past as it promotes the importance of civic responsibility and moral understanding in the present. Studying history provides students the opportunity to learn how to research, communicate, and think critically while also preparing them for many careers such as business, law, education, journalism, government, and research.

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Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy and Religion program explores the big questions facing humanity. Our classes are designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively about human existence and the nature of reality. The Philosophy and Religion Major and Minors emphasize critical reasoning and logical analysis; an understanding of the many methods of human inquiry; a survey of the history of philosophy and the history of ethics; the analysis and appreciation of values and their application to moral and political issues; a reflective and tolerant exploration of religion; and the growth of a personal philosophy based on the lifelong search for and appreciation of truth, knowledge, goodness, and beauty. 

The Philosophy and Religion Major is good background for many different career fields and courses of graduate study.  Students can concentrate in Philosophical, Religious, or Ethical Studies, according to their interests and goals.

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APSU history professors and students shine at Ohio Valley History Conference

Faculty and students from Austin Peay State University's (APSU) Department of History & Philosophy recently showcased their research and scholarship during the Ohio Valley History Conference at Western Kentucky University from Oct. 26-27, 2023. The conference provided a platform for historians to exchange ideas, discuss research findings and engage in meaningful conversations about various historical topics.

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Austin Peay launches "Book a Professor" program

With this new program, professors from APSU's College of Arts and Letters can come directly into K-12 classrooms to share their expertise and forge meaningful connections with students. Teachers can call on real-life experts to discuss literature, art, history or any field of their choice.

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Celebrate Constitution Day at Austin Peay State University’s free event
Celebrate Constitution Day at Austin Peay State University's free event

Celebrate Constitution Day at Austin Peay State University's free event on Sept. 18, 2023. Enjoy engaging talks from distinguished speakers and deepen your understanding of the U.S. Constitution's ongoing significance amidst the current political landscape. Free Constitution books for the first 75 attendees.

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Antonio Thompson and the cover of his book

APSU history professor’s new books look at World War II POWs in Tennessee and Kentucky

Dr. Antonio Thompson explores this forgotten element of local and national history in his new book, "Axis Prisoners of War in Tennessee: Coerced Labor and the Captive Enemy on the Home Front, 1941-1946."