Why study History at APSU?
The APSU History Department has 16 faculty, and students can study all areas of both US and non-US history. The upper-division history courses all have low student-to-faculty ratio, so students can have close interactions with their professors. We publish a student-run history journal, so students can have papers published or get editorial experience. Our history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, has received the best-chapter award nationally for seven years in a row.
What will I learn?
History is key to understanding the human condition because historical knowledge is a fundamental element of any culture. History majors will study the methods that historians use to understand the past, and they will take courses in both US and non-US history.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. The department is home to two top-notch student organizations:
Theta Delta is APSU's local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the National History Honors Society). Theta Delta has been recognized each of the last seven years as the top chapter in the nation, and has been recognized along with the History Club as amongst the best student organizations on campus.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do History Majors Do After Graduation?
APSU history graduates work in many different fields. Most of our graduates go into business, sales, management and even computer services. Only about one-third of our graduates work in education after they receive their degree. Others go to law school or obtain graduate degrees in history.