The history program is housed in the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, located in the College of Arts & Sciences. Students have the opportunity to study with faculty who have distinguished themselves through research and publication, excellence in teaching and government service, and are given the opportunity to extend themselves through a variety of internship opportunities, including one with the Tennessee State Legislature.
The history program has recently undertaken innovative programs in the area of civil and human rights studies. The program hosts an active pre-law organization, Phi Alpha Delta; history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta; and political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. The yearly travel course, the Washington Seminar, conducted in Washington, D. C., focuses on foreign policy and national security issues and is highlighted by an intensive week of briefings and seminars with key policy makers. Graduates from the history program have received admission to the nation’s premier law and graduate schools.