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    Dept. of History, Philosophy, International Studies and Legal Studies

Dept. of History, Philosophy, International Studies & Legal Studies
Dr. Scott Davison, 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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  • Academic Programs

  • Appalachian Studies Minor

    The Appalachian studies program offers students diverse opportunities for academic study, service learning, participatory research, community outreach, and advocacy related to the Appalachian region. 

    Canadian Studies Minor

    The International Studies Minor in Canadian Studies begins with Perspectives on Canada, an introductory team taught course, then focuses on advanced courses in Canadian history, government, and economic and social policies from comparative and international perspectives, and concludes with a summer internship in the Canadian Parliament.

    Film Studies Minor

    The Film Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to give students a theoretical as well as practical knowledge of film.

    Geography Minor

    A minor in geography is an excellent  complement to many majors at Morehead State University because of integrative nature.


    Degree programs in history provide both breadth in area coverage and depth in practicing history research, preparing students to enter the teaching profession, applied fields such as heritage work, or graduate programs in history and related fields.  There is a major and minor in history.  The minor is offered on the main campus, MSU at Prestonsburg, and the University Center of the Mountains in Hazard.

    Interdisciplinary International Studies Degree Options

    The major and minor in International Studies provide students with the opportunity to learn about the global world in which we live.  Students in the major complete a core of classes and a language requirement, choose a track through which they can focus on an area  of interest, and study abroad. For further information contact Dr. Philip Krummrich at 606-783-2582 or Dr. Adrian Mandzy at 606-783-2898.

    Legal Studies

    The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Legal Studies is designed to equip graduates with the appropriate applied and theoretical knowledge of law to successfully assist lawyers in providing legal services to clients. The major and area of concentration combine the advantages of a liberal arts education with the development of professional skills necessary to provide legal assistance to attorneys.  

    Philosophy- Religious Studies

    Philosophy and religious studies degree programs emphasize flexible, independent thinking. Students learn to analyze complex arguments by identifying assumptions in classical and contemporary debates and tracing the origins of those views back into the history of ideas. As a result, they learn to express themselves clearly and precisely in writing and speech.


    Although there is no pre-law program or recommended major, MSU does offer pre-law advising for students in any major to help them to make successful applications to law school.  Dr. Collinsworth and Dr. Murphy are MSU's pre-law advisors.

    Public History
    Public history is a non-teaching degree path that permits you to explore your interests and allows you to choose from a variety of courses based on your career goals.
    Social Science, Master of Arts

    The Master of Arts in Social Sciences provides an interdisciplinary approach to graduate work in social science. The program is designed with three groups of potential students in mind: service region social studies teachers pursuing a first or second Master’s degree; place-bound students who would like to pursue graduate study for career or personal reasons; and students who will attend law school or pursue doctoral study at other institutions.

    Social Studies

    By combining courses in social studies fields and education, the Area of Concentration in Social Studies prepares students for teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 8 through 12) in at least four teaching fields.

    Women's Studies Program - Minor

    The Interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program provides a minor for Morehead State University undergraduates.  Students explore gender and issues related to gender within a wide range of disciplines such as literature, political science, communication, sociology, history, health and education.

“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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