The Department of History provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical forces that have shaped the world’s civilizations. Studying history helps one to develop a critical perspective on the world and to understand how one’s own identity and culture relate to those of others. The Department particularly prides itself on the diversity of its course offerings, its emphasis on faculty and student research, and the opportunities it offers for students to engage in internships and fellowships in the Memphis community.
No matter what vocation a student chooses after graduation, historical study helps one to comprehend and contextualize the problems of contemporary society, while also enhancing one’s research, writing, and presentation skills.]
2014 Archival Studies Fellows
Matt Hicks and Katie Jakovich served as Archival Studies Fellows during summer 2014. Designed to provide students with an understanding of the role that archives play in the study of history, this fellowship is a part-time, paid summer position in the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library. Fellows receive a brief overview of archival theory as well as intensive training in processing a manuscript collection and in creating a digital collection for the Library’s website. Processing a manuscript collection involves analyzing and organizing a variety of materials such as documents, photographs, maps and government reports, preserving the items, and preparing an index or finding aid for the collection.
Hicks and Jakovich processed the papers of Memphis civil rights icon Benjamin Hooks, and these papers are now available to researchers at the Library.