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Program Overview

Program Overview

To have a clear sense of where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. When you study history, you not only prepare for your own future — you also become equipped to carve a path for others, whether it be high school students, local government, the nation or the world. 

Hone valuable, transferable skills like careful reading, persuasive writing and critical thinking. Examine human behavior and learn to understand the world around you through the lens of different cultural perspectives and ethical values. Your studies will give you a deeper context for politics, religion and your own faith. 

You could go on to be a government leader, businessperson, educator, attorney, judge or just about anything else you want. You’ll be well-prepared for graduate school, if you choose, and will join the rest of our graduates in scoring well on entrance exams like the LSAT and GRE. Whatever your path, our history degree will help you get there.




Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Tim Johnson

    Tim Johnson

    University Research Professor

    Tim Johnson received his PhD from the University of Alabama in 1989 and joined Lipscomb's history faculty in 1991. He served four years as department chair before being named University...

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  • Richard Goode

    Richard Goode


    Richard Goode has taught at Lipscomb for nearly 25 years. He has also taught for the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. At Lipscomb he teaches...

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  • Jerry Gaw

    Jerry Gaw


    Jerry Gaw has been a professor at Lipscomb University since 1981. While at Lipscomb, Gaw has earned several awards, some of which include the Who's Who in the South and...

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  • Howard Miller

    Howard Miller

    Chair, History, Politics and Philosophy

    Howard Miller, assistant professor and academic chair of the Department of History Politics and Philosophy, is a widely published social historian with a specialty in medieval studies. His Ph.D., M.Phil....

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Career Paths

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.


Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, academic, and medical libraries.


Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

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