3320 History

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
    • Concentration in Pre-Education
    • Concentration in Pre-Law
  • Minor in History
  • Dual B.A./M.A. in History
  • Dual B.A. in History and Master of Historic Preservation

Department of History
20th floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
404-413-6385
history.gsu.edu

Michelle Brattain, Chair
Robert Baker, 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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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. However, students enrolling in the dual degree BA/MA program may elect to substitute a graduate level research course for HIST 4990. 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)

  1. Required Courses (9):
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
    • World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
  2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:

The Department of History recommends that all majors complete the world language 1002, 2001, and 2002 sequence. (See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)

Area G: Major Courses (30)

Unless otherwise specified, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, and HIST 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 HIST 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:

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW  (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
  2. U. S. History (one course)
  3. European History (one course)
  4. African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History (one course)
  5. Capstone Course in Historical Research (4)
    • HIST 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: HIST 3000 and at least four other upper-division HIST courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.)

Area H: Additional Courses

Additional courses 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 world language (2002).

Pre-Education Concentration

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 and Human Development at Georgia State or a similar program elsewhere to complete the requirements for state certification.

Area A-F requirements for the Pre-Education Concentration are the same as for the B.A. in History.

Area G (Pre-Education): Major Courses (30)

Students in the pre-education track will take eight history courses at the 3000-4000 level distributed as follows:

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW  (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
  2. Two courses in U.S. history. The department strongly recommends that one of these be History 4310 (Georgia).
  3. One course in European history.
  4. One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
  5. Two additional HIST courses the 3000-4000 level.
  6. Capstone Course in Historical Research (4)
    • HIST 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: HIST 3000 and at least four other upper-division HIST courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.

Area H (Pre-Education): Additional Courses

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.

Additional courses must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

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.

Pre-Law Concentration

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. Students should contact Robert Baker, the department’s pre-law advisor, for more information about law school admissions.

Area A-F requirements for the Pre-Law Concentration are the same as for the B.A. in History. One or more of the following courses are strongly recommended:

Area G (Pre-Law): Major Courses (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (4)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4) (should be taken first among upper-division courses)
  2. Two of the following courses (8):
    • HIST 4450 Crime in America (4)
    • HIST 4460 Bills of Rights (4)
    • HIST 4470 The Founders’ Constitution (4)
    • HIST 4532 Crime & Law, Early Modern Europe (4)
    • HIST 4540 Britain, Ireland, and the British Atlantic, 1485-1689 (4)
    • HIST 4550 Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire since 1689 (4)
  3. One course in African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or world history.
  4. Capstone Course in Historical Research (4)
    • HIST 4990 Historical Research-CTW (4) (Prerequisite: HIST 3000 and at least three other upper-division courses, including at least two 4000-level classes.)

Area H (Pre-Law): Minor and Additional Courses

Students in the pre-law concentration must take an additional 9 hours. At least three credit hours must come from Field 2.

Field 1:

  • HIST 3250 Religion in American Life (4)
  • HIST 3900 Human Rights in World History (3 or 4)
  • HIST 4100 Philosophy of History (3)
  • HIST 4190 American Culture and Ideas I (4)
  • HIST 4200 American Culture and Ideas II (4)
  • HIST 4630 European Intellectual History I: from Medieval to Marx (4)
  • HIST 4640 European Intellectual History II: from Marx to Postmodernism (4)

Field 2:

  • PHIL 4500 Symbolic Logic (prerequisite: PHIL 2500 with grade of B or higher) (3)
  • PHIL 4700 Ethics (prerequisite: one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course) (3)
  • PHIL 4820 Philosophy of Law (prerequisite: one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course) (3)
  • RELS 4140 Religion and Law (3)
  • RELS 5150 Religion, Nation, and Law (3)
  • RELS 4670 Church and State (3)
  • SOCI 3224 Crime and Punishment (3)
  • SOCI 4366 Law and Society (3)
  • POLS 3140 Judicial Process and Courts (3)
  • POLS 4130 American Constitutional Law (3)
  • POLS 4131 Civil Liberties and Rights (3)

Other courses may be substituted for the Area H requirement by the History pre-law advisor.

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.

Dual Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs

The department offers the following dual degree program:

  • Dual B.A./M.A. in History
  • Dual B.A. in History and Master of Historic Preservation

These dual degree opportunities enable qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.