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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History and Geography

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Location: Landrum Academic Center 415
Telephone: 859-572-5461
Fax: 859-572-6088
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Department Chair: Burke Miller (acting)
Other Key Personnel:

Academic Advisor: Megan LaDow
Director of Black Studies: Eric Jackson
Director of Geography: John Metz
Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies: William Landon
Director of Public History: Brian Hackett
Director of Social Studies: Burke Miller
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies: Meredith Smith
Center for Public History: Paul Tenkotte
Department Coordinator: Janice Rachford
Secretary: Lou Stuntz

Full-Time Faculty: Rebecca Bailey, Connie Bruins, Mary Bucklin, Tripta Desai, Brian Hackett, Eric Jackson, William Landon, François LeRoy, Joe Lombardi, Bonnie May, Carol Medlicott, John Metz, Debra Meyers, Burke Miller, Kathleen Quinn, Jonathan Reynolds, Meredith Smith, Paul Tenkotte, Sharon Vance, Michael Washington, Andrea Watkins, Robert Wilcox

Thinking about the discipline: The Department of History and Geography provides two essential major fields of study that give us a better understanding of the world in which we live.

History provides an insight into significant events that shaped society and had a lasting impact on the human condition. The study of history provides a solid foundation for careers in education, government, law, museums and historical societies, and business.

Geography is a social science dealing with the impact people have on the world’s environment. It is a liberal arts degree that can open the door to careers in public agencies, planning agencies, public health, and geographic information systems. NKU graduates have entered advanced studies in park management, urban planning, meteorology, and medicine.

Special opportunities for our students: History and geography majors serve as interns at more than three dozen agencies, archives, historical societies, museums, and state and national parks. Many of the opportunities are offered through the auspices of the Center for Public History at NKU. Departmental interns work with faculty in coordinating the annual Northern Kentucky History Day, in communications and technology, and in various community projects. See the department chair for further information.

Student organizations include Geography Education Organization for Students and Alpha Beta Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society. GEOS sponsors field trips, social activities, and research/service opportunities. NKU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, named best chapter in the United States for 20 years, holds many educational and social activities and publishes an annual journal titled Perspectives in History.

Annual student awards include the W. Frank Steely Award, the Outstanding Graduate Award in Geography, the Jeffrey A. Smith Memorial Award, the H. Lew Wallace Award, and the Leon Boothe Community Service Award.

You should also know: Students can complete a major, minor or focus in history in a fully online format. For more information, contact Distance and Online Learning.

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