History

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By its very nature, the discipline of history is intrinsically integrative, and thus complements the liberal arts mission of Aquinas College. Toward that end, the history major at Aquinas explores a broad sweep of human accomplishments, across geographical space and wide spans of time, while deliberately concentrating on the United States and its dominant influence – Western Europe.

Meet the Faculty

Steve McCarthySteve McCarthy, Assistant Professor of History
M.A. University of Memphis
M.A.T. University of Memphis
smccarthy@aquinascollege.edu
(615) 297.7545  ext. 466

Mr. McCarthy’s teaching and scholarly interests include United States history, Tennessee history, and the history of the Catholic Church. He is a member of the American Historical Association and the American Catholic Historical Association, and has given numerous lectures on the Catholic Church in Tennessee History. Recently Mr. McCarthy has written a brief history of Aquinas College for the Aquinas College Magazine.

Vince RyanVincent Ryan, Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. Saint Louis University
M.A. Saint Louis University
(615) 297.7545, ext. 443
ryanv@aquinascollege.edu

Dr. Ryan’s teaching and scholarly interests include the Crusades, European civilization, revolutionary movements and their aftermath, the Cold War, and economic history. He is the co-editor of Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict (Ashgate, 2010) and has written a variety of essays and reviews pertaining to the history of the Crusades. At St. Louis University, Dr. Ryan studied under the renowned Crusades historian Dr. Thomas F. Madden.

Office of the School of Arts & Sciences:

4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 ext. 609
Fax: (615) 783-0562
artssciences@aquinascollege.edu

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The Aquinas College program enables you to engage in course material in an in depth way because of the small class sizes and the teachers’ attention to detail.

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