AP US History Outreach
UT History professors and lecturers interact with students and lead university-type AP classes at Austin-East and Fulton high schools, covering topics from the colonial period to the present, including Reconstruction, the Great Depression, Civil Rights, and the Second Wave feminist movement. In addition to visits to AP high school classrooms, the department hosts an annual on-campus visit for these classes. Students visit a history lecture given by a History professor, meet with admissions leaders, tour the campus, and visit the McClung Museum.
Summer Bridge Program
This series of workshops is designed to introduce students from under-represented communities to the process of selecting, applying to, and preparing for success in a history graduate program. While staying on campus in the spring, participants discuss career and research trajectories, meet historians working in diverse areas, and receive training on how to complete graduate application materials. Students will meet current graduate students in history and work one-on-one with history faculty to develop research plans. Applications for the 2024 program open January 2024.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson is one of the most critical and controversial figures in American history. The Papers project brings Jackson’s most important papers to the public in an easily readable form. When completed, the series will encompass seventeen professionally edited volumes.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and supported by grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Tennessee Historical Commission, and the Watson-Brown Foundation.
The Center for the Study of Tennesseans & War
The Center’s mission is to research, preserve, and share the stories of all the people in Tennessee who have been involved in wars between 1700 and the present day. Each fall the Director offers an internship class that gives student opportunities to work with the Center’s collections and to interact with veterans.
Each year, the History Department invites some of today’s leading historians to our campus, bringing new research to public audiences in Tennessee.
The department hosts the Milton M. Klein Lecture Series, the Charles O. Jackson Memorial Lecture Series, the Charles W. Johnson Lecture On World War II, and the Lecture In Modern European History.
Our Local Histories
Knoxville is home to many significant histories, relating to American history, and what it has meant to be an American—or an Appalachian Southerner—over time.
The History Department likes to connect to local history in many ways. See how we delve into what Knoxville has to offer!
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”