Department of History focus areas
In terms of research and preparation of graduate students, we have identified five
focus areas. Click on the name of a focus area for more information about it.
NOTE: Focus areas are not to be confused with the major and minor fields of study that are specified in the requirements for the PhD
University areas of focus
In addition to its specific focus areas, the Department of History contributes to
several university areas of focus.
- While most of the university’s areas of focus are not specifically related to history,
the Department of History is strongly engaged in augmenting Teacher Education and
Development. Many of the social studies teachers in the area have completed our programs
as they pursued their degrees in education.
- The History Department has partnered with the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Leadership in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences and Memphis City Schools on a U.S. Department of Education grant to enhance knowledge of American history
for the teachers in the Memphis City Schools. The Teaching American History Grant was funded for three years (2003-2005) at nearly one million dollars. Dr Janann Sherman
served as academic director for two years, then project director on this grant; seven
other history faculty members offered courses, seminars and workshops under this grant.
The lectures by keynote speakers (Alan Taylor, William C. Davis, Eric Foner, David
Oshinsky, Robert Dallek, and Robert Buzzanco) were recorded and are available through Podcast Central.