- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Concentration in Pre-Education
- Concentration in Pre-Law
- Minor in History
Department of History
34 Peachtree Street, Suite 2050
Michelle Brattain, Chair
Glenn T. Eskew, Undergraduate Director
Historians study various aspects of humanity’s recorded past. Some historians explore the rise and fall of empires, while others describe the everyday lives of men and women. They are interested in every period of the past and all parts of the world. Historians also examine the principles and theories that influence the writing of history. They seek to understand the forces that have structured human life and the ideas that have shaped the way people perceive and experience their worlds. Historians are concerned with change and continuity within societies and interactions among cultures. Historians pay particular attention to the effect of perspectives and values because their discipline involves the interpretation of findings, not just the collection of facts. History can teach us many lessons, not simply about our past but also about the paradoxes and potentials of our present.
The Department of History offers a wide range of courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States history. Arranged in three levels — introductory, intermediate, and advanced — these courses afford students an opportunity not only to become familiar with a body of historical knowledge but also to enhance their skills as readers, discussants, writers, and researchers. Because it emphasizes analytic and critical thinking, history prepares students for further professional training in education, international studies, journalism, law, politics, and public policy, and for all manner of careers. All students can benefit from the insights history provides into the human condition.
Program Degree Requirements
Students should complete the freshman courses in history in the core curriculum and Hist 3000 (Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW) before enrolling in other history courses numbered 3000 and above. In all lower-division history courses the department requires that majors attain a minimum grade of C.
The department requires a total of 30 hours in upper-division history. At least one course must be taken from each of the areas of American, European, and African/Asian/Latin American/Middle Eastern History. All majors must take Hist 4990 (Historical Research-CTW) after completing Hist 3000 and at least four other upper-division courses. No more than 15 hours of upper-division history may be transfer credits.
In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).
B.A. in History
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)
- HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
- HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
- Foreign Language (3) The Department of History recommends that all majors complete the foreign language sequence Lang 1002, 2001 and 2002. (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
- Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
- Electives (9)
AAS 2010, ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, ANTH 2030, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ENGL 2110, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, Lang 1001 (if different from foreign language taken in high school), Lang 2001, Lang 2002, GEOG 1101, HIST 1140, JOUR 1000, MATH 1070, PHIL 2010, POLS 2101, POLS 2401, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, SOCI 1160, WST 2010
Area G: Major Courses (30)
Unless otherwise specified, Hist 1111, 1112, and 2110 are prerequisites for all advanced course work in history. History majors may complete no more than eight hours of 3000/4000-level history courses before completing History 3000.
A minimum total of 30 hours must be taken from courses at the 3000-4000 level, and must include one course from each of the following:
- Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (8)
- U. S. History (one course)
- European History (one course)
- African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History (one course)
The Department of History offers a pre-education track for those students who plan to teach at the middle school or high school level. Students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in U.S., European, and world history, which will provide the analytic and writing skills, the global perspective, and the historical content that they will need to teach in the public schools. Along with the B.A. in History, it prepares students to be tested for temporary certification or to enter the M.A.T. Program in Social Studies Education in the College of Education at Georgia State or a similar program elsewhere to complete the requirements for state certification.
Students in the pre-education track will take eight history courses at the 3000-4000 level distributed as follows:
- Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (8)
- Two courses in U.S. history. The department strongly recommends that one of these be History 4310 (Georgia).
- One course in European history.
- One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
- Two electives in history at the 3000-4000 level.
- Students in the pre-education track will also complete a minimum of nine hours of 3000-4000-level course work in two or more of the following allied fields:
A C or better is required in all the courses in the Allied Field of the Pre-Ed track.
History as an allied field consists of three courses at the 3000-4000 level: one in U.S. history, one in European history, and one in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern history.
Students who wish to major in history and prepare for law school or prestigious J.D.-Ph.D. programs can opt for a pre-law concentration. Please visit www2.gsu.edu/~wwwhis/7456.html or see a college or department adviser for additional information.
Area H: Minor and Additional Courses
- History majors must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours in one department other than history, including at least nine hours at the 3000 level or above. The requirements for a minor must be fulfilled in a department that offers a baccalaureate degree and with courses at the 3000-4000 level, unless the courses are otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.
- Additional courses from departments other than the major must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010. The department strongly recommends that majors take the fourth semester of a foreign language: Lang 2002.
Minor in History
Students who wish to minor in history must take 15-18 hours in history courses, including at least three courses at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in history may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.