DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Dr. Marvin L. Downing, Acting Chair
322G Andy Holt Humanities Building
(901) 881-7465
mdowning@utm.edu

HISTORY FACULTY

Alice Catherine Carls, Marvin L. Downing, John A. Eisterhold, Donna C. Graves, K. Paul Jones, Lonnie E. Maness, Daniel McDonough, J. Stanley Sieber.

POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY

Richard D. Chesteen,Vaughn May, Theodore R. Mosch.

MAJORS AND MINORS

HISTORY
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major and minor.

POLITICAL SCIENCE
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Major and minor.

PARALEGAL STUDIES
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 stu dents who plan to attend law school.

DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Department of History and Political Science offers the following scholarships:

The Lower Division History ScholarshipThis $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 $600 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 scho ol teachers or administrators based on scholastic ability and financial need. Recipients are chosen by a department committee.

The Wilma and Ernest Newby Scholarship-This full 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 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 judg ed 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 complete d 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

ORGANIZATIONS

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.

AWARDS

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 42.

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 prerequi sites 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 am ount of academic credit offered in a course will vary.

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

HISTORY
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 and 18 additional hours of upper division (300-400) courses divided between two areas of study: a) Amer ican History and b) European or Asian History. At least six hours must be taken in each area. 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE
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.

1. General Political Science Concentration Any additional 24 hours of upper division (300-400) Political Science courses. A minor is required for B.S. as well as B.A. degree.

2. Public Administration Concentration Pol Sci 314, 353, 361, 362, 420, 432. In lieu of a minor, complete the following: Acct 201-202; Econ 201-202; Bus Law 201; Mgt 301 and 350.

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.

PARALEGAL STUDIES
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.


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