History is a highly versatile major. Appalachian’s history students develop valuable analytical skills that they take with them into many careers, and their experience in evaluating ideas and information, examining and interpreting evidence and developing a world view helps them become expert decision-makers. They’re also cool people to talk with because they can speak on many different topics.
Appalachian State University’s History (BA) degree is the most traditional of history degrees offered at Appalachian. It requires a language component, which increases opportunities for work with other cultures. It also requires a minor, adding flexibility for tailoring the degree to your interests. This is an ideal degree for students interested in applying to law school.
Classes in Appalachian’s Department of History are taught by well-published professional historians who are dedicated to preparing students for life and careers in the 21st century. They welcome students who desire opportunities to conduct research with them and attend or present at conferences.
Employment: Graduates work in business, government, museums and historical sites, archives, cultural resource management, journalism, public service, cultural tourism, and other career paths.
Graduate School: Many graduates have pursued professional degrees in law, medicine, seminary, museum studies, library science, economics, political science, and other fields.
Required courses and electives cover European history, United States history and non-western history.
A minor is required. Many students choose Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science or another discipline within the humanities.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
History Club – This student club stimulates interest in history, promotes a closer association of students and faculty, and provides a common meeting ground for all those interested in history.
Phi Alpha Theta – An honors society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
The Department of History offers three regularly scheduled faculty-led, short-term summer study abroad programs:
- Ireland/Spain - “Religious and Ethnic Conflict in Western Europe: Ireland and Spain,” every other year
- Germany, Poland or Israel - “The Holocaust: History, Memory and the Politics of Representation,” every other year with support from the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
- United Kingdom - “Postindustrial Wales,” on demand
- The Department of History offers a broad curriculum in local, national, regional and world history which encourages history majors to develop a comparative approach to human problems.
- The campus library’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and British Studies collection are valuable resources for history majors.
- A web-based, undergraduate journal of historical research, called History Matters, is published annually by the Department of History. It is edited by undergraduates with the help of a faculty board.
- Classes in the Department of History are small and faculty members give individualized attention to students.
- The department has more than 30 tenured faculty members.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus, with some online courses in the summer
- Historic Preservation Specialist
- Historic Site Tour Guide
- Historical Society Staff Member
- Media Consultant
- Museum Curator
- Museum Technicians & Specialist
- Research Assistant