Department of History and Political Science
Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls, Chair
322E Andy Holt Humanities Building
Alice-Catherine Carls, Marvin L. Downing, John A. Eisterhold, Donna Cooper Graves, K. Paul Jones, Lonnie E. Maness, Daniel J. McDonough, J. Stanley Sieber.
Political Science Faculty
Richard D. Chesteen, Philip W. Conn, Vaughn May, Theodore R. Mosch.
Majors and Minors
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major and minor.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major and minor.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor only.
Both the history and political science majors offer students a wide range of career opportunities that come with a liberal arts education. The majors particularly prepare students for further education at the graduate level where they can specialize in a variety of sub-fields. Too, they are excellent majors for students interested in attending law school or seeking government employment upon graduation. Additional information on career opportunities and current careers of departmental alumni is available upon request.
The paralegal studies minor is designed to prepare a person for a career as a legal assistant, which has been predicted to be one of the fastest growing professions of the 1990s. Also, as part of an overall degree program, it is an excellent minor for students who plan to attend law school.
The Department of History and Political Science offers the following scholarships:
The Lower Division History Scholarship-This $300 tuition or travel-study award goes to an outstanding sophomore who has completed three semesters of lower division history.
The Upper Division History Scholarship-This $300 tuition or travel-study award goes to the outstanding upper division history major.
The H.B. Smith Freshman History Student Scholarship-This $1,000 tuition scholarship goes to an outstanding high school senior from West Tennessee who plans to attend UT Martin as a freshman and major in history. Applicants are nominated by one of their school teachers or administrators based on scholastic ability and financial need. Recipients are chosen by a department committee.
The Wilma and Ernest Newby Scholarship-This substantial tuition award is made possible by Mr. Carl G. "Butch" Newby in honor of his parents, Wilma and Ernest Newby. It is granted to a junior or senior social science major. Possible military connection or career plans, financial ability and scholarship are main factors in the selection process. Recipients are chosen by a department committee.
The Patrick R. Taylor Scholarship-This $100 award goes to the history, political science, or international studies major with the best upper division paper in European history.
The Langdon S. Unger Scholarship-This $100 award goes to the junior history major with the highest overall GPA and the highest history GPA based on the greatest number of history hours. In the case of a tie, department activities will be considered as well.
The Bateman-Wyant History Scholarship-This annual scholarship award is open to any history major maintaining a 3.0 average or better. Students will compete for the award by writing a research article based upon some aspect of U.S. history. The person judged by the history staff as having written the best paper will be awarded the scholarship. Winners will be allowed to compete for a second time. The amount of the award will be $250. Competition for the award and the deadline for submission of the completed article will be announced in the fall term of each school year. All articles submitted will have to comply with the style and length requirement set by the Department of History and Political Science.
Student Organizations and Awards
History Club - Open to any student interested in history, regardless of major or GPA. Members hear speakers on history-related topics and visit area historical sites.
Political Science Club - Open to any student interested in political science, regardless of major or GPA. Members hear speakers on political topics or view politically-related films.
Pre-Law Club - Open to any student with an interest in the study of law. Members hear speakers discuss law school requirements, the study of law and law as a career.
Phi Alpha Theta - National history honor society. Open by invitation to students who have a minimum of 12 semester hours of history and a minimum GPA of 3.01, are in upper two-thirds of all remaining courses after history grades are removed, and are in the upper 35% of their respective class.
Pi Sigma Alpha - National political science honor society. Open by invitation to students who are at least junior class status; have completed at least fifteen quarter hours or ten semester hours in political science, including at least one at UT Martin at the 300 or above level; have at least an overall B average in all political science courses, and rank in the upper third of his/her class academically.
Phi Alpha Delta - International legal society that has as its members noted attorneys and political leaders. The undergraduate section is open to any student interested in a career in law. Invitations to membership are announced each semester of school. No particular major or GPA is required. Members meet to discuss the study of law as a career.
Tennessee Historical Commission Award - Cash and book award to graduating senior selected by the department as the outstanding history student.
Department History Award - A cash award of $100 made by the department to the outstanding senior history major.
Department Political Science Award - A cash award of $100 made by the department to the outstanding senior political science major.
Sam C. Nailling, Sr., Law Student Award - Copy of Black's Law Dictionary donated to outstanding senior who intends to attend law school and meets other criteria.
John Burgess Award - Certificate given by the Tennessee Political Science Association to an outstanding political science major at UT Martin.
Cooperative Education Programs in History and Political Science
The five-year Cooperative Education Programs for majors in history and in political science, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, offer the student an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience as part of an academic program. In addition, the student acquires a source of income to help finance the college expenses. For more information, see page 57.
Internships and Travel-Study Opportunities
The department offers, through several credit courses in both history and political science, opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to practical work, travel or research experiences in their field of study. These courses have special prerequisites which must be met and can only be taken with departmental approval. Some internships or research experiences may offer pay or stipends. Students enrolling in travel study may be eligible for a departmental stipend to pay part of the expenses. The amount of academic credit offered in a course will vary.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major. History 121-122 (or History 121H-122H) and History 201-202 are prerequisites to the major which consists of History 301, History 499, and 21 additional hours of upper division (300-400) courses divided between two areas of study: a) American History and b) European or Asian History. At least nine hours must be taken in each area. At least three European history hours must come from History 340, 341, 342, or 343. The combined total of course work applied to the major from the following categories of special courses may not exceed nine hours and no more than six hours may be applied from any single category: Special Topics, Travel-Study, Internships, Independent Study and Undergraduate Research courses. A minor is required for B.S. as well as B.A. degree. A minimum score of 414 on the ACAT History Major Field Examination is required to complete the major.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor. History 121-122 (or History 121H-122H) or History 201-202 are prerequisites to the minor which consists of 12 hours of upper division history. The combined total of course work applied to the minor from the following categories of special courses may not exceed six hours and no more than three hours may be applied from any single category: Special Topics, Travel-Study, Internships, Independent Study and Undergraduate Research courses.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major. Political Science 210-220 are prerequisites to the major. All majors must complete Political Science 303 and the requirements for one of the concentrations below. A minimum score of 414 on the ACAT Political Science Major Field Examination is required to complete the major.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor. Political Science 210-220 are prerequisites to the minor which consists of 12 hours of upper division courses, only three hours of which can be from Pol Sci 400, 410, 420, or 467.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor only. Political Science 210-220 are prerequisites to a minor in Paralegal Studies which consists of Political Science 390, 391, 392, 393, and 451. Note: Students majoring in political science cannot receive a separate minor in paralegal studies; however, courses in the paralegal studies minor can count toward satisfying the major.
Description of Courses