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Daytime Degree Programs: Department of History at University of Mount Olive

Program Description

The Department of History and Social Studies teaches students historical facts, historiography, critical thinking, research and writing skills so that they can write history. And why is that important? Because history helps us to understand the past, make sense of the present, and hopefully serve as a guide for the future.

Classes Tailored to You

At University of Mount Olive, you’ll get the personal attention that you deserve so you get the most out of every course. Classes are small and taught by professors who want to see each student develop into their personal best. The student to faculty ratio is 15:1, allowing for personal interaction between students and their professor.

Scholarships & Awards                                                                                                  

Claude Hunter Moore History Award

A scholarship in memory of Claude Hunter Moore, Professor Emeritus, who taught history at University of Mount Olive from 1969-1981. The award is given to a returning history major selected by the history faculty as showing the most promise in the field.

Options for History/Social Studies Majors

What Our Graduates Are Doing Now

  • Graduate School
  • Social Studies Education
  • Public School Administration
  • College Instructors
  • Lawyer

Recent UMO history graduate Rebekah Fitzgerald is now the Executive Director of the Wayne County History Museum. To read more, click here.


Useful Resources
Community College Articulation Agreement



Dr. Jerry Sheppard, Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

B.A. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, M.S. George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University, M.E. Southwestern State University, Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Dr. Sheppard specializes in American Western history, European history, and Social Studies teacher education.

Phone: 919-658-7844

Office: Henderson 213 A

Dr. Alan K. Lamm, Professor of History, Department Chair

A.S. University of Mount Olive, B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.Div. Duke University, Th.M. Duke University, Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Dr. Lamm is a former U.S. Army Chaplain who specializes in military and religious history. He has published numerous book reviews and journal articles and a book entitled, Five Black Preachers in Army Blue, 1884-1901: The Buffalo Soldier Chaplains and co-author of the Buffalo Soldiers of the Old West.

Phone: 919-658-7779
Office: Henderson 215

Dr. Joanne McKay, Assistant Professor of History & Social Studies

B.A. (Hons.) University of Ulster, M.A. Western Carolina University, D. Phil. Universty of Ulster
Dr. McKay specializes in Social Studies education, European, and North Carolina history.

Phone: 919-658-7787
Office: Henderson 216