Why study History at MC?

Maryville College history majors encounter the seemingly endless diversity of human experience, as lived through thousands of years from the ancient world to the 21st century. They explore individuality and social organization, politics and religion, war and peace, art and economy, stability and revolution, the rise and fall of republics and empires, and much else. They reconstruct the changing social nature of love, hate, honor, fear, patriotism, respect, and devotion. They can choose courses in United States, European, Asian, African and Latin American history.

Studying history is concerned with our own times as well as the past. Why are things the way they are? Could they be different? What would that take? What can we reasonably expect in decades to come? These questions about the present and the future lie behind almost all study of the past. Studying history can help you free your mind, because it uncovers possibilities for ways of being, thinking, and acting.

Studying history equips you to learn, to think, to communicate--to succeed. 

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

On Campus Opportunities

In an exciting partnership with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, MC history students are conducting an oral history project to collect the stories of women who attended Camp Margaret Townsend (formerly located where Tremont is today) as Girl Scouts between 1925 and 1959. Publication of these entertaining stories and scout memories is planned for 2019 – in time for MC’s 200th anniversary and Tremont’s 50th. Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society in history, and the College’s Alpha-Mu-Psi chapter welcomes new inductees every April. Students who qualify for participation are eligible for scholarships and may present papers at conferences. The History Society is open to any student with an interest in history. Together, these groups host a history fair and plan events such as the year-end historical water gun battle “reenactment.”

Meet a current student

Allison Franklin ’18
Hometown: Rogersville, Tenn.

Allison’s history courses, coupled with a 2016 January Term trip to study the history and culture of Aix-en-Provence, France, and an internship with the Blount County Archives Center, have her considering a career in archives. Her minor in writing communications is a beneficial complement. “Because Maryville College’s curriculum promotes deep classroom and experiential learning, I was prepared for the out-of-class opportunities that have enhanced my understanding of history,” she said. “The personal relationships I have developed with my professors have opened doors for countless learning opportunities I never thought possible!”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Ashleigh Oatts ’07
Currently: Education Coordinator at the T.R.R. Cobb House (Watson-Brown Foundation) in Athens, Ga.

Completing a major-related internship while at Maryville led Ashleigh to purse a master’s degree in Public History. During and after graduate school, she had opportunities to work with historical societies and at large museums (including the Tennessee State Museum). She currently plans hands-on field trip activities and advises a group of high school students who provide grants for historic preservation needs in Northeast Georgia. “Maryville College prepared me for graduate school expectations. I was the only student in my program who had already completed a thesis and comprehensive exams, which made graduate school seem less daunting,” she said. “I continue to use research skills that I learned at MC while working on new exhibits.” 

Graduate School Placements

Appalachian State University
Cooperstown Graduate Program
Dalhousie University
East Tennessee State University
Howard University
James Madison University
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee Technological University
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Miami of Ohio
University of Missouri at Kansas City
University Of Tennessee
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University