History and philosophy are critical elements of a liberal arts education and are central to any understanding of the human condition.
Our first mission as faculty of the Department is to provide the highest quality in teaching for each of our majors and general education students. Beyond careful conveyance of salient content, departmental instruction will strongly encourage development in higher-order thinking, meaningful self-reflection, and understanding. Students should emerge from History & Philosophy classes with a deepened understanding of their own culture, as well as the culture and world views of others. They should embrace the importance of life-long learning, possess enhanced written and oral communication skills, and be prepared to serve as able advocates for the betterment of society.
We encourage and value research that enhances teaching, expands the boundaries of scholarly understanding, and serves our communities and the public interest. We aim to foster student/ faculty and interdepartmental dialogue and scholarship in the pursuit of both individual projects and collective knowledge, and strive to be a community of mutually supportive scholars whose members share ideas and expertise with one another.
We encourage and value active involvement in service to the institution, to the community, and to faculty’s respective professional organizations. We honor and support the ongoing efforts of our centers, the Public History Program, the Holocaust Education Program, History Education and other community-oriented programs. We value our long record of good citizenship to the campus and beyond and strive to improve on that record.
The Department of History and Philosophy is the second largest department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offering classes to over 6000 students each semester in History, History Education and Philosophy. With over 750 majors, the department offers three baccalaureate degrees, a Public History certificate and the certificate in European Union Studies. Faculty teach classes in a student focused program designed to meet the needs of our twenty first century graduates.
A liberal arts degree prepares students for life. Our graduates are excellent communicators, skilled researchers, problem solvers and critical thinkers with an appreciation for the complexities of the world around them. Employers value these skills. Whether they choose business, government, public service, law, or education our graduates are able to seek the career path that best meets their individual passion.
Students participate in the Philosophy Student Association, which sponsors a number of public lectures and forums throughout the year and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society. Students pursuing the Public History Certificate have a number of internship and field experience opportunities in the Atlanta Metro Area.
The department is diverse and active professionally. Our highly qualified faculty regularly present their research at regional, national and international meetings. They have published articles in major journals in their areas of specialization as well as a number of important monographs and book chapters. Faculty engagement continues to be a major goal of the department. Our award-winning faculty have received recognition for teaching, scholarship and service.
For more information, drop by the main office in Social Sciences 4120.
Alice Pate, Ph. D.
Chair and Professor of History