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Dept. of History, Philosophy, International Studies & Legal Studies
Dr. Dianna Murphy, Interim Department Chair
Heather McGuire,
Academic Departmental Specialist
354 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2655
Fax: 606-783-5096

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A history degree from MSU will give you the experience, knowledge and marketability needed to pursue any number of career paths. Graduates of our program are able to pursue a wide array of careers in corporate, government, non-profit and independent sectors including: 

  • Archives and records management
  • Conservator/park ranger
  • Digital humanities
  • Law
  • Museum education
  • Publishing and editing
  • Teaching

Earning a degree with us will also prepare you for entrance into graduate school for masters and Ph.D. programs in history, American studies, library science and other humanities fields. 

New Public History Area of Concentration and Minor

Public history is a rapidly growing field with jobs in all level of government, conservation, law, nonprofit and civil service sectors.

The new public history area of concentration at MSU is the first undergraduate program of its kind offered in Kentucky. This non-teaching degree path permits you to explore your interests and allows you to choose from a variety of courses based on your career goals. A minor in public history is also available and provides a strong combination when paired with a number of majors in other fields including art, government, strategic communication, psychology, English and more.

As part of the public history program, you will complete an internship and develop a unique, portable skill set, giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace after graduation.

Hands-On Experience Opportunities

We understand employers want to hire experienced graduates. At MSU, you will participate in hands-on historical research, make presentations at regional and national conferences and will have opportunities to travel and study abroad.

You can participate in undergraduate research fellowships as early as your freshman year. You will also have opportunities to network with career professionals and volunteer locally through joining organizations like the MSU Historical Society or the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. 

Dedicated Faculty Members 

You will study under active historians and researchers who are widely published in their fields of specialty and who will immerse you in the methods, theories and practices of history through personal instruction and advising.

Get to know your future professors by viewing their faculty profiles.

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Schedule a campus visit with us and apply to MSU today.

Learn more about our history program.


“Professors in the philosophy program at MSU have always taken a personal interest in me and I have found them to be approachable and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics from ancient to contemporary philosophical scholars and their research. The philosophy program has equipped me with critical thinking and analytical skills I know will serve me well as I prepare to take exams for entrance into graduate programs”.

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