History and Foreign Languages


JSU History & Foreign Languages

JSU is on a practice run of its Continuity Plan, which calls for staff to work remotely, from home.
General inquiries can be sent to Dr. Harvey at gharvey@jsu.edu
If you need History advising, contact your normal adviser via email. If you are unsure of your adviser’s name, email Dr. Beezley at pbeezley@jsu.edu
If you need Foreign Languages advising, email Dr. Pacheco at epacheco@jsu.edu
History MA students can contact Dr. Lemmons at rlemmons@jsu.edu
If you need immediate assistance, please go to SC 227, the office of the Dean of Arts & Humanities or call 782-5690.

Gordon Harvey: Head of the Department


"What’s past is prologue."

This phrase appears in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and it also is engraved on the National Archives building in Washington D.C. Simply put, it tells us that our past, individual and collective, sets the stage for our present and our future. It contextualizes and, in one way or another, creates the present that we occupy.

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History courses cover a vast range array of periods and geographic contexts, from the ancient era to the twenty-first-century U.S., from modern China to modern Mexico, from colonial America to the Middle East. They explore a wide variety of themes and issues, including global and regional history; the study of gender and sexuality; science and medicine; music and visual culture; diaspora and ethnicity; class and culture; war, violence, and peace.

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We offer several avenues through which you can connect with professors and fellow students outside the classroom setting.  Fro Phi Alpha Theta to Spanish Club to the Japan Club, we are confident that you will find a group that interests you.


Graduate Studies in History

We offer a 30 hour degree path to earn your M.A. in History.  Students can choose the non-thesis option if they are heading toward a teaching career or the thesis option if they plan to pursue doctoral studies. 

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Foreign Languages

The Foreign Languages program develops student competencies in the languages, literature, and cultures of these language communities. Introductory language courses are complemented by deeper studies, providing opportunities to develop more specific interests of students of literature and culture, including film studies. Students can earn a B.A. in Foreign Languages, with a concentration in Spanish or French. The program offers Minors in French and Spanish.

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Among the colleges and universities in Alabama, Jacksonville State University graduates a large number of history majors who successfully compete in professional testing for teacher certification, law and graduate school admission, and acceptance into other professions. Two of the national honorary organizations in which history students participate are History Club and Phi Alpha Theta.