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About the History Program

A knowledge of history helps us address global issues and continually empowers students to create a better world. As a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history from Troy University, you will gain a better understanding of the backgrounds, stories and cultures that have helped shape today’s world. You will then have the opportunity to put your newfound knowledge to work as you help educate others by excelling in a career you love.

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“Since graduation, I have begun school at Faulkner University, Thomas J Goode Jones School of Law where I am currently ranked in the top 10% of my class.”
Megan Phillips | Alumni

Gain new understanding

TROY’s history degree gives you the opportunity to study under the instruction of qualified faculty members who are dedicated to help you develop the skills of critical thinking and rigorous research. As you work your way toward earning your degree, you will be exposed to a wide range of histories from countries around the world.

Classes will introduce you to the origins, development and character of the major centers of civilizations and their relationships to one another. Through your courses, you will dive deep into classes that focus on topics such as the study of alcohol and drug use, politics, infectious diseases, gender, religion and more. And, you’ll also experience dynamic teaching models that will help you experience history through gaming, movies and music.

Broaden your world view

Whether studying abroad or in the classroom, you will get hands-on experience in TROY’s history degree. In the archival methods and practices course, you will be introduced to the history and social value of records and archives and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge by working on projects at an archival repository. And, in your research and methodology course, you will complete a formal research paper that demonstrates proficiency in research, writing and computer skills.

As a member of the history department, you’ll study with knowledgeable and caring faculty members who share a passion to see you succeed. Once you’ve completed your general studies, you will have ample opportunities to focus on your areas of interest as you take a variety of traditional and dynamic courses.
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Bachelor of Science in History

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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History Major

For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Accelerated Law Option Available

In 2015, TROY partnered with Thomas Goode Jones and Cumberland schools of law to become the first college in the state of Alabama to offer its students a way to complete their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees within six years. Today, as part of this major studying within the University’s accelerated law program, you will begin an academic journey leading you to your junior year where, upon the careful consideration of your GPA and LSAT scores, you will have the opportunity to apply to law school at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and now at the Mississippi College of Law. Programs are highly selective, and once chosen by one of the schools, you will begin your legal studies there. After your first year of law school, your GPA at Jones or Cumberland will be evaluated, and if there are no objections, you will receive your bachelor’s degree from TROY as if you’d been attending our classes throughout your senior year. At this point, only two years of law school remain before you sit for the Alabama State Bar exam. Now, that’s a deal, and it can only be found at TROY.

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Careers in History

History graduates can enter or advance their careers in education, political science, law, management or government agencies.

Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth (Scout) Blum,  Ph.D.

Elizabeth (Scout) Blum, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth "Scout" Blum's main areas of research involve the intersections of gender, age, and environmental attitudes over time. Dr. Blum is currently working on a project about environmental messages presented to American children since World War I. This project evolved from her first book, entitled Love Canal Revisited (University Press of Kansas, 2008). She is also a proponent of using board, video, and role-playing games in the classroom, and currently teaches a class entitled History Through Games. In that class, students work through various games to investigate depictions of historical events and themes, and end the class by designing their own game.
Timothy R. Buckner, Ph.D.

Timothy R. Buckner, Ph.D.

Dr. Buckner teaches courses on Colonial America, The American Revolution, The Old South, and various others when he gets new ideas. He has published in several essays on race and slavery in the United States and is co-editor of Fathers, Preachers, Rebels, Men: Black Masculinity in US History and Literature 1820-1945 (Ohio State University Press, 2011).
Margaret K. Gnoinska, Ph.D.

Margaret K. Gnoinska, Ph.D.

Dr. Gnoinska is a Fulbright Scholar and Boren NSEP Fellow. She has published, as well as presented, her research in the United States and around the world. She traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, for both research and pleasure. She also spent much time traveling in Europe, especially former Eastern Europe, and in Russia. She speaks Polish, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish. She is currently working on revising her dissertation into two books: one on Poland's peacekeeping efforts during the Vietnam War and another on Sino-Polish relations during the Cold War with a specific focus on the role of the Sino-Soviet split and the U.S.-China opening.
Avington Medeiros, Ed.D.

Avington Medeiros, Ed.D.

Dr. Medeiros' areas for research include rural education, teacher preparation, and History and Social Studies education. Her dissertation, “Rural Teacher Preparation in the State of Alabama” examined the intentional efforts of teacher preparation programs to prepare teachers to teach in rural settings. Dr. Medeiros is the content advisor for both History and Social Science Education students as well as the university supervisor for History and Social Science Education Interns.
Kathryn Tucker, Ph.D.

Kathryn Tucker, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathryn Tucker's first book project focuses on the contrast between legal and social beliefs and practices regarding interracial marriage and mixed race in the Deep South, and spans from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. She has presented parts of this research at the Organization for American Historians Conference, and the European Association for American Studies meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. Dr. Tucker has created and teaches a general education course for interested students on “The African American Experience,” which explores American race relations and African American history, culture, art, politics, and legacy. Students in this course have performed original primary research to document lynchings and racial violence in the Troy area, as well as the ongoing impact of this violence and the beliefs that enabled it. Their findings were displayed in an exhibit, “Lynching in Lower Alabama,” at the Troy University Library during the summer-fall of 2018, and are now available at:
Allen E. Jones, Ph.D.

Allen E. Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen Jones is the chair of the history and philosophy department. He has published several works about antiquities. In August 2020 Jones published Death and Afterlife in the Pages of Gregory of Tours: Religion and Society in Late Antique Gaul (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020). Bishop Gregory of Tours was a prolific writer of hagiography and author of a ten-book history popularly called the History of the Franks. In 2009 Jones published Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul: Strategies and Opportunities for the Non-Elite (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press; reprinted in paperback, 2014). The work investigates the extent to which people who were not part of the power structures of Gaul impacted society as they pursued their own goals.

Tailor Your History Degree with a Concentration

Broaden your career opportunities by choosing a specialization that fits your career goals.
History- American/Latin American

As you work your way toward earning your degree, you will be exposed to a wide range of Western civilization and U.S. history. You can choose from an array of courses that will take you on a journey through the Old and New South, Jacksonian Era and Colonial America. If war-time America interests you, there are courses on the American Revolution, World War II, Civil, Vietnam and Cold Wars.  

Latin American
With your focus on Latin America, your courses will include the history of colonial to modern Latin America. Classes in both areas will introduce you to the origins, development and character of the major centers of civilizations and their relationships to one another.

History- European/Asian/African
European history
From the fall of the Roman Empire to today’s contemporary European culture, TROY’s European history courses will take you on a journey exploring some of the greatest victories and losses felt “across the pond.” These classes will equip you with a deeper understanding of topics such as the Crusades, medieval Europe, the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution and provide you with inspiration for your own future classroom.

Asian history
Study the ins and outs of Middle Eastern culture including information about Islam, the Ottoman Empire and the Western influence that has helped shape the Middle East since World War II. You’ll have the opportunity to study the development and interaction of Chinese, Japanese and Korean civilizations, as well as the impact of Western cultures, twentieth-century conflicts, resolutions and accommodations.

African history
You’ll have the chance to dive deep into Africa’s rich history with all its political, social and cultural milestones, including the continent’s division by European powers and decolonization. You’ll also have the chance to follow the history of African Americans from the 17th century to present day.

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