All students majoring in history may participate in the Undergraduate History Association and in Phi Alpha Theta, a national honorary society in history. Majors are also encouraged to attend the lectures, seminars, and films sponsored by the Department, including the annual Byrn History Lecture.
Certification for Teaching
History majors may chose to "double major" in Social Studies education, a prudent choice if interested in teaching. This may allow majors to pursue teacher certification and licensure. Peabody College is the first-ranked graduate education school in the country (US News and World Report, 2009). Another option is Peabody's fifth year Master's program for History majors interested in teaching. Upon graduating with a B.A. in History, History majors in our fifth year program would spend the next summer and academic year earning their M.Ed. and teaching licensure.
Students seeking teacher certification in history at the secondary level or in the social studies group plan at the secondary level should refer to the chapter on Certification for Teaching in the Peabody College section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Please contact Professor Barbara S. Stengel, Director of Secondary Education, at email@example.com for more information.
No other major gives you so many different opportunities to receive direct credit for study abroad, both at Vanderbilt-in programs and at Vanderbilt-approved programs sponsored by other institutions. History majors with the appropriate qualifications are eligible to participate in a wide variety of programs for a semester, year, summer or Maymester. For a full listing please visit the Global Education Office’s website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/geo. Students may also apply to the Vanderbilt Committee on Individual Programs for transfer credit (hours only) from overseas programs other than those sponsored by Vanderbilt. More information is available from the Global Education Office, Suite 115, Student Life Center, and at www.vanderbilt.edu/geo. Before enrolling for history courses at other institutions, you should also consult with Professor William P. Caferro, Director of Undergraduate Studies so that he may evaluate the course you are planning to take to make sure it will be eligible for Vanderbilt credit.
Transfer Credit for History Courses Taken at Other Institutions
If you need approval for a history course that you plan to take at another institution, please familiarize yourself with the History Department policy statement on transfer credit. You must get a form from 311 Kirkland Hall for transfer credit evaluation. Bring this form, and a copy of the syllabus to the History Department front office, Benson Hall room 227 to be dropped off for evalatuation by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Under faculty supervision, students from any discipline can gain experience in a broad range of public and private agencies, institutions, and programs. In some cases, such as historical societies or museums, history is a central part of the organization’s mission; in other cases, the student will play a role in managing the institution’s records or writing its history.
The Department of History has two established internship programs, one at Belle Meade Plantation located in Nashville, Tennessee and one through The Washington Internship Institute, working in the DC area.
Interns working at the Belle Meade Plantation will assist the museum with historic research, designing exhibits, inventory, cataloging, and conservation of historic artifacts and documents, teaching and planning for school groups. Please contact Jenny Lamb at jenny.lamb@BelleMeadePlantation.com if interested. The contact professor in the Department of History is Professor Richard Blackett.
The Washington Internship Institute is an educational nonprofit organization that brings college students and recent graduates to Washington, DC for fall, spring or summer semester. During their time in Washington, DC, students learn about themselves and their fields through substantive internships related to their academic and professional interests throughout the DC area, professional networking opportunities, seminars and electives for academic credit, site visits, and shared housing. For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Dalhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-435-0770.
Students must have a 3.5 History grade point average, 6 hours of prior work in history and meet with Dean Yollette Jones to discuss a specific plan BEFORE requesting permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor William P. Caferro. Please contact Jones's assistant Terry Tripp for an appointment at 615-322-2851, or email@example.com.