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History & Philosophy


Students and Faculty at a Wclome Reception
History Students at Spring 2023 Major Madness
Students, Faculty, and Guests at dinner after the 2023 McPherson Mitchell Lecture in Southern History
Dr. Marty Olliff presenting at the 2023 Alabama Historical Association Meeting


The History and Philosophy Department at TROY boasts a qualified faculty who offers a wide array of courses spanning the entire historical experience. The faculty is dedicated to developing within students the skills of critical thinking and rigorous research through the study of past human endeavor. Our professors insist on high standards so that students can develop and graduate with skills that will enable them to excel in a myriad of future ventures. 


Our undergraduate student body includes nearly a hundred history majors and minors, some taking courses in the classroom and others pursuing an education online. Undergraduates majoring in History select one of two emphases, American/Latin American and European/Asian/African. At the freshman and sophomore levels TROY History majors take two survey series, US History and either Western Civilization or World History. Students may opt to fulfill other general studies requirements by taking a 2000-level course such as History through Games, History through Music and Film, the African-American Experience, or World War II. At the ranks of junior and senior History majors take 36 hours (12 classes) of upper division courses. TROY University also offers a History Education major for students seeking a career in secondary education. For the many students intrigued with history but determined to major in another discipline, the Department includes a popular History Minor. The department offers a wide array of upper level history courses in class and online during a single academic year.


TROY's history professors are qualified scholars committed to publishing in their fields and imparting their expertise to students taking their classes. They publish meaningful articles in prestigious journals and provide editing services and expertise for them, too. Our faculty has produced books published by the world's best academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Ohio State University Press, Praeger, University of Alabama Press, and University Press of Kansas. See a list of our faculty with links to individual pages that detail our research interests.


TROY History faculty is dedicated to delivering to our students an innovative pedagogy of the past that is relevant to the present. Our professors employ interactive teaching methodologies including interdisciplinary approaches. They strive to include students in ever more interactive exercises.


Many of TROY's history students participate alongside faculty in the school's History Club and in its chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society. The latter sponsors and annually publishes The Alexandrian, a journal of student publications in history and philosophy. Among many other public events in which the Department participates, we annually host the McPherson-Mitchell Lecture on Southern History at the Troy campus. The Dothan campus is home to the Wiregrass Archives, where faculty identify, preserve, and make available to researchers the records and papers of enduring value that document the history and development of the Wiregrass region of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Our faculty has also been widely involved with other student organizations such as the International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO), NAACP, Philosophy Society, and Debate Club.


We would be delighted to talk with you about your involvement with, and opportunities through, our Department. For more information on our program, upcoming events, and faculty profiles and their achievements, please look through our website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Chair of the Department. I’d be happy to talk with you about the benefits of studying history at TROY! Thank you!




Allen E. Jones, Ph.D.


Department of History and Philosophy

Troy University


John Robert Elmore

“Choosing to minor in history at Troy University gave me the opportunity to explore different areas of the discipline, which shed light on what topics were most beneficial for my future career. I studied a wide range of courses and received outstanding mentorship on how to appropriately write, research, present, and defend my findings. This entire experience led me to applying to a graduate school. I have been pursuing an MA in Historical Archaeology since the fall of 2017 at the University of West Florida (UWF). I participated in two of the university’s underwater field schools, during which I have excavated, mapped, and surveyed for shipwrecks belonging to the lost 1559 fleet of Don Tristàn de Luna y Arellano. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I would not be where I am today if it were not for the influence of Troy University’s history program and its professors.”

John Robert Elmore III  |  History
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