Professor John Swanson, Head
The Department of History offers an undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in History. A major in history requires 39 semester hours of course work. The courses cover topics in American, European, Asian, African, and Latin American history. Post-graduate opportunities for UTC history majors include law studies, graduate programs in history, political science, journalism and mass communication, among other disciplines. UTC history graduates teach at the high school or university levels; others work for various public history institutions. Some have careers as journalists. Some graduates find careers in law, public service, others develop careers in business, religion, and education.
The mission of the UTC History Department is to provide critical analysis of historical information in a number of forms for the benefit of our community. The Department’s teaching mission is to prepare students for meaningful lives, as good citizens and productive workers. The mission includes the undergraduate history major and minor, the secondary-education history major, and general education courses. We also offer graduate courses to support the University’s graduate programs.
Historical thinking involves research, critical analysis of materials and artifacts, and writing clear, comprehensive findings.