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Southern’s History and Political Studies Department offers students the opportunity to appreciate mankind’s experience.
- As one of the major areas of liberal arts study, history instills a collection of necessary skills, including critical thinking through the process of reading, filtering, and creating thought paths; verbal and written communication; and research and evaluation of evidence and arguments.
- The mission-minded global policy and service studies degree helps students understand the politics and main players in the global arena, assess the development challenges in various regions of the world, and explore practical ways to serve physical needs in cross-cultural settings.
- Students are well-prepared for graduate study. Double majors are common and encouraged, along with study abroad.
- Lisa Clark DillerDepartment Chair, Professor
- Kris ErskineAssociate Professor
- Ben MacArthurProfessor
- Mark PeachProfessor
- Mindi RahnAssistant Professor
“The professors inspire
me with their passion
for the subject.
Students in Action
- Travel opportunities include a biannual tour of Europe.
- History majors regularly intern at the Chattanooga History Center.
- The History Club fosters a sense of community by helping preserve history through community service projects like collecting oral histories, landscaping the historic Civil War battlefield at Chickamauga, worshipping together at special club convocations and vespers, and participating in fun activities like costume galas and election parties.
- History students must write a baccalaureate thesis based on original research. Many publish their works in academic journals.
- Students present papers alongside other history majors from local universities at the Southeast Tennessee Student History Conference.
- Seniors present research at the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians conferences, and a senior oral exam is required prior to graduation.
- Global policy and service studies students graduate with at least an intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.
- Prominent and prestigious internships (in Washington, D.C. and New York) by Southern students have included: U.S. senators and members of Congress, state senators and congresspersons, the State Department, federal agencies, district and defense attorneys and civil lawyers, private research firms and think tanks, journals and newspapers, the United Nations, public policy centers, and historical and natural museums.
Marks of Distinction
- Diverse types of history are taught and explored, including contemporary history/politics, ancient and medieval history, cultural history, Asian history, Middle Eastern history, and colonial Latin America history.
- Global policy and service studies students learn the importance of following the example of Jesus Christ in meeting temporal needs as a means to share His love.
- A 3,600-volume collection related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War is housed on campus in McKee Library and allows students to do research from original documents and artifacts.
- Phi Alpha Theta is Southern’s chapter of the National History Honor Society.
Statistics to Note
- More than 95 percent of law school applicants from Southern are accepted.
The History and Political Studies Department is located on the third floor of Brock Hall. Classes and research also take place in the McKee Library's Lincoln Room.
Graduates can be successful in a variety of job placements:
- environmental science
- international development
- international relations
- national parks
- nonprofit sectors
- political science
- public health
- public policy
- real estate
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