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Welcome to the Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy

Why Get a Degree in History, Anthropology or Philosophy (HAP)?

  • gain a sound understanding of historical cause & effect relationships relevant in today's world
  • increase your intellectual capital with knowledge of global cultures, traditions, and values
  • learn to interpret information, analyze data, apply evidence, and communicate effectively
  • develop valuable transferable skills for an ever-changing global market
  • To learn more visit our HAP FAQ web page.

The department offers a number of degrees in a variety of fields:

  • Bachelor’s degrees in History, History with Teacher Certification (in conjunction with the College of Education), and Strategic and Security Studies (five  different concentration tracks: Cyber-Security, History, International Affairs, Languages, or Military Science)
  • Minors in History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Gender Studies
  • a Master’s Degree in History. 
  • Associates Degree in Core Curriculum with pathway courses in History, Anthropology and Philosophy

      For Plans of Study for each program, see the Undergraduate Programs page.

Faculty Achievement

KYIV as Regime CityMartin Blackwell, Associate Professor

The department's Russian expert, Dr. Blackwell, has just published a book on the Ukrainian city of Kyiv during World War II. Kyiv as Regime City charts the resettlement of the Ukrainian capital after Nazi occupation, focusing on the efforts of returning Soviet rulers to regain legitimacy within a Moscow-centered regime still attending to the war frong. Beginning with the Ukrainian Communists' inability to both purge their capital city of "socially dangerous" people and prevent the arrival of "unorganized" evacuees from the reat, this book chronicles how a socially and ethnically diverse milieu of Kyivans reassembled after many years of violence and terror.

Use of Color in HistorySungshin Kim, Associate Professor

The department's Asian specialist, Dr. Sungshin Kim, has edited a collection of articles centered around the theme of color in the book The Use of Color in History, Politics, and Art. The authors of this volume explore the role color can play, wheter as abstract notion or considering particular colors, in the interpretation of culture, politics, and the arts, engaging color as it emerged in their specific domains of research, which range from the political thought of classical China to the shopping malls of the present. Contributors include department faculty Dr. Reneee Bricker, Dr. Vicky Hightower, and Dr. Mike Proulx, as well as the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) deans Chris Jespersen and Tim May.

Jonas KauffeldtJonas Kauffeldt, Associate Professor

Dr. Kauffeldt has translated from Danish and published with annotation and introduction Misak: An Armenian Life (London: Gomidas Institute, 2015). Misak is both a biography and autobiography of Karen Jeppe's adopted son's childhood and adult experiences set in the eastern Ottoman city of Urfa during the 1890s. The joint tale weaves Jeppe's own story into the events on the eve of the outbreak of World War I.

In Tune Chaley Patton Jimmie Rodgers Roots of American MusicBen Wynne, Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Wynne who published a new book, In Tune:  Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music (LSU Press, 2014). After publishing several works on the Civil War, Dr. Wynne decided to focus on a different aspect of Southern history. In Tune “tells the story of the parallel careers of these two pioneering recording artists—one white, one black—who moved beyond their humble origins to change the face of American music.” Dr. Wynne also shares his knowledge and love of music through a yearly field-trip class in May to the Mississippi Delta.

Victoria Hightower

Victoria Hightower, Associate Professor 

Dr. Hightower presented a paper titled "The Pirates Who Weren’t: The East India Company and the Pirates of the Persian Gulf in the 19th century” at the 2015 World History Association Conference in Savannah, GA. Dr. Hightower argued that the East India Company (EIC) failed to grasp the complexity of so-called piracy in the Persian Gulf. Charges of piracy became a key way to ensure the EIC complicity and/or involvement in attacks against rivals.Through looking at the so-called pirates’ motivations, the EIC’s reactions, and the conditions in the Persian Gulf, Dr. Hightower challenges the EIC positivist assertions of their role in the Gulf and demonstrates just how contingent EIC power was on indigenous rulers and how vital collaboration was to the construction of English power in the region. She will be presenting a version of her work, which resulted from a Presidential Summer Scholar Grant, at Faculty Research Day.

Student Success

A Decade-Long Commitment to Student Career Success

The faculty in the UNG History, Anthropology and Philosophy Department at the University of North Georgia are committed to offering students a range of content acquisition and skillset development opportunities that will prepare them for whatever career path they choose beyond their undergraduate degree. An important facet of this approach involves educating students about graduate education opportunities, both at UNG and elsewhere, and also advising them and preparing them for the rigors of graduate education at the next level.

In terms of achieving these goals, our record over the last decade speaks volumes. Since 2005, University of North Georgia History, Anthropology and Philosophy graduates have entered competitive graduate programs in History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Library Sciences, Archival Studies, Medieval Studies, Political Science, International Affairs, Museum Studies, Law, Business, Medicine, Public Administration, and Criminal Justice throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

During this period, our graduates also entered jobs and began careers in the following fields; United States military, local, state, and federal government, regional school districts, higher education, non-governmental organizations, the corporate sector, libraries, museums, historical societies, environmental preservation, law and criminal justice.

Our exit surveys and alumni communications indicate a high level of satisfaction among UNG HAP graduates regarding both the content levels and practical applicability of the curricula beyond graduation. Graduates of the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy leave the university with key skills in oral and written communication, research, analysis, and critical thinking.

Since 2005, UNG HAP graduates have entered competitive, fully-funded Masters and Doctoral graduate programs at:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Iowa State University
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Mercer University Law School
  • Georgia State University
  • Binghamton University - SUNY
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Georgia Law School
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • University of Nottingham, UK
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • University of Texas-San Antonio
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of West Georgia
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of South Carolina
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Western Illinois University
We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your professional and vocational goals!

Private support enables History, Anthropology, and Philosophy students to embrace the opportunities the department has to offer, from international study to research and service learning.

Please consider donating to one of our funds today:

  • History, Anthropology, and Philosophy (departmental fund)
  • UNG Anthropology Scholarship
  • Gender Studies Program
  • Strategic Studies Program

If you have any questions about making your gift, please contact Development Officer Amy Brackett at 706.864.1910 or

Give to HAP

NOTE: Click the blue box to "Choose one or more areas to make a difference today." Then choose "College of Arts & Letters." You will find our funds listed there.

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