Department of History and Philosophy

  • Study Abroad with Dr. Puckett Europe 2011

  • Congressman Lewis visit for the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders with Dr. Carlson

  • Phi Alpha Theta initiates (Iota Mu chapter, Dothan division). Dr. Robert Saunders, Dr. Robin O'Sullivan, Joshua McLaney, Ryan Roberts, Melissa Tucker, Dr. Martin Olliff

  • ISCO Pakistani Night 2013 with Mr .McCall

  • Dr. Welch, Dr. Kruckeberg, Dr. Blum and Dr. Gnoinska at graduation 2013

  • Dr. Ross, Dr. Buckner & Dr. Jones Graduation Fall 2012

Professor Emeritus Milton McPherson passed away Monday, August 3 around 5:30. Milton was living at an assisted living facility in Monroeville, where for the last several years he conversed with longtime acquaintance and fellow resident Harper Lee. Milton McPherson is one of two Troy Professors Emeriti for whom the annual Mitchell-McPherson Lecture, sponsored by the Division of History and Philosophy, is named. Milton made it a point to attend as many of these annual lectures as he could. He often spoke to me about History at Troy in very favorable terms. He was very proud of our department and its faculty.

Milton graduated from the University of Alabama in 1950 after which he entered the Army. After a brief stint in Japan he served two years at Fort Jackson, SC as Commanding Officer of H Company, 61st Infantry Regiment. Milton thereafter returned to Alabama and completed his Masters and PhD at the University in 1959 and 1970. He taught history at Troy State University for nearly three decades. After retirement Dr. McPherson published two monographs, The Cocky Officer: OCS and the Modern American Army (Pineville Publications, 1998) and The Ninety-Day Wonders: OCS and the Modern American Army (Self-published, 2001). Milton was ever committed to promoting education at all levels; among many philanthropic efforts he sponsored several "best paper" awards presented to high school students in impoverished Wilcox County.

To a selfless gentleman, a devotee of the discipline of history, Milton McPherson, you will be missed.

Allen Jones
Division Chair
The History and Philosophy Department at Troy boasts a qualified faculty who offers a wide array of courses spanning the entire historical experience. The faculty is dedicated to developing within students the skills of critical thinking and rigorous research through the study of past human endeavor. Our professors insist on high standards so that our students can develop and graduate with skills that will enable them to excel in a myriad of future endeavors.

Our undergraduate student body includes more than two hundred History majors and more than a hundred minors, some taking courses in the classroom and others pursuing an education online. Undergraduates majoring in History select from among three emphases, American/Latin American, European/Asian/African, and Public History. Troy University also offers a History Education major for students seeking a career in secondary education. For the many students intrigued with history but determined to major in another discipline, the Department includes a popular History Minor. Many of Troy’s history students participate in the school’s History Clubs and in its chapters of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, which sponsors and annually publishes the Alexandrian, a journal of student publications in history.

Troy’s history professors are qualified scholars committed to publishing in their fields and imparting their expertise to students taking their classes. They publish meaningful articles in prestigious journals and provide editing services and expertise for them, too. Our faculty has produced books published by the world’s best academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Ohio State University Press, Praeger, University of Alabama Press, and University Press of Kansas.

The faculty is dedicated to delivering to our students an innovative pedagogy of the past that is relevant to the present. Our professors employ interactive teaching methodologies including interdisciplinary approaches. They strive to include students in ever more interactive approaches including hybrid classes.

Among many other public events in which the Department participates, we annually host the McPherson-Mitchell Lecture on Southern History at the Troy campus. Moreover, in 2002, Dothan Campus created The Wiregrass Archives to identify, preserve, and make available to researchers the records and papers of enduring value that document the history and development of the Wiregrass region of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Our faculty has also been widely involved with student organizations such as the International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO), NAACP, Philosophy Society, History Club, and Phi Alpha Theta.

We would be delighted to talk with you about your involvement with, and opportunities through, our Department. For more information on our program, upcoming events, and faculty profiles and their achievements, please visit our website. Thank you!

Allen E. Jones, Ph.D.

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