Dr. Day

The History Program at the University of Montevallo offers a major with either a B.A. or a B.S. degree. (See Quick Links below for the current degree plan.)  Students also have the option, after obtaining an undergraduate degree in History, to enter the Alternative Master’s Degree Program in Education, which confers an M.Ed.

Graduates from the History Program, having received a quality liberal arts education, are prepared to enjoy successful and gratifying careers in many fields. In fact, no other course of study provides students with the broad base of knowledge so necessary to be competitive in today’s global marketplace, whether those career goals include law, government service, theology, teaching, or business.

The program provides opportunities for students to participate in conferences, internships, interdisciplinary and international studies, and undergraduate research. The History Program also offers an internship in History for up to six credit hours. Contact Dr. Ruth Truss ( for further details.

The University of Montevallo is the top public university in Alabama for history majors, according to the recently released 2022 Best Colleges rankings. The Best Colleges rankings were based on key statistics such as graduation rate, program demand, faculty-to-student ratio, student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.


Why History at UM?

  • Junior and senior level courses are taught in classes with limited numbers, promoting class discussion and individual attention.
  • Emphasis is on written and oral communication, research, and critical thinking skills.
  • The program prepares students to be informed citizen leaders.
  • Career opportunities in education, law, and academia abound.
  • Internship opportunities are available.


The History minor consists of 18 hours in history courses numbered 200 and above, including HIST 211, 212, and at least one course in non-U.S. history.

Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta

UM’s Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, International History Honor Society, has been recognized repeatedly as an outstanding chapter by the international organization. In addition to recognizing academic excellence in the field of History, Phi Alpha Theta offers occasions for students and faculty to socialize and to share their work and ideas. Dr. Robert Barone serves as the advisor for the society; contact him ( for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

Departmental Scholarships

Drs. Day, Hultquist, Barone, and Truss