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Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

Located on the RiverPark campus in uptown Columbus, Georgia, the department houses faculty with expertise in Latin American, African American, Medieval, Military and International, Native American, Islamic and United States history. Courses in Urban Geography, Cultural Geography and Geographic Information Systems enhance the research and employment opportunities of our graduates. Class size is small, and faculty members advise all majors and remain actively involved in their academic progress. The department organizes trips to local and regional historical sites, and makes available to all students numerous internships and other learning opportunities.

Only a handful of history majors become historians. Some grow to be history teachers, many others move on to a different career. Indeed, people trained in liberal arts, and in history in particular, are well equipped to succeed in a variety of fields, from business to law, from archive and library sciences to politics, from administration to art. And yet, a degree in history promises much more than a fulfilling job.

History students understand the complexity of the human experience. They are exposed to its diversity as they learn about peoples and societies around the world, and as they think about how these changed over time. They see how various individuals and groups interacted in different settings, and reflect on the reasons why people acted the way they did, and on the consequences of their choices. They respect these differences, while working to understand their origin and evolution

Career Opportunities

A degree in history offers a wide variety of job and career opportunities ranging from teaching to business, from journalism to law school, from working in libraries/archives to museums.

Indeed, a degree in history offers a wide range of skills that can be applied very broadly.

Historians as Educators

Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
Think Tanks

Historians as Communicators

Writers and Editors
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians as Information Managers

Records Managers
Information Managers

Historians as Advocates

Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work

Historians in Businesses and Associations

Historians in Corporations
Contract Historians
Historians and Nonprofit Associations

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Comprehension of Historiography and Historical Context

  • an understanding of different interpretations of historical evidence.
  • the ability to incorporate knowledge from related fields such as geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, art history or statistics depending upon the area of specialization.
  • the ability to place major events and historical interpretations into chronological order and into the broader thematic context.

Professional Skills

  • the ability to use resources such as the internet, library, archives and oral interviews.
  • computer skills necessary for inquiry, writing, synthesis, and communication.
  • the ability to communicate with others orally and in writing concerning historical facts, issues and interpretations.
  • research methods and historical discourse that value the work of others, maintain high standards in regard to proper evidence, and exhibit tolerance for alternative methods of research, synthesis and analysis.
  • the ability to document sources properly using Turabian.

Global and Comparative Perspectives

  • the ability to compare historical developments across time, space and cultures.

Additional Program Requirements

Students seeking the B.A. in History must earn grades of C or better in all HIST and GEOG courses in Areas G and H

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5

COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12

Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours:18
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002
HIST 1111 World History to 1500
HIST 1112 World History since 1500

Select one of the following courses:
HIST 2111 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 2112 U.S. History since 1865

Select one of the following courses:

ANTH 2105 Ancient World Civilizations
ARTH 2125 Introduction to the History of Art 1
ARTH 2126 Introduction to the History of Art 2
ARTH 2127 Introduction to Non-Western Art
ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 1101 World Regional Geography
GEOG 2215 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
"C" or better required in each course
HIST 1000 (Five semesters)
HIST 3125 Historical Methods
HIST 4795 Senior Research Seminar

Select three of the following 3000 level courses. At least one course must be in U.S., European, and world history.

U.S. History and Geography

GEOG 3108 Cultural Geography
GEOG 3215 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 3556 Selected Topics in Human Geography
HIST 3101 Introduction to Native American History
HIST 3105 History of Georgia
HIST 3120 Introduction to Public History
HIST 3139 Introduction to African American History
HIST 3146 Introduction to US Military History
HIST 3148 The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

European History
HIST 3130 Introduction to Modern Ireland
HIST 3155 Intro to European History I, Ancient and Medieval
HIST 3156 Intro to European History II, Medieval and Early Modern
HIST 3157 Intro to European History III, Modern and Contemporary
HIST 3158 Military History of Early Modern Europe

World History
HIST 3126 History on Film
HIST 3135 Introduction to Latin American History
HIST 3136 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
HIST 3137 Latin America and the United States
HIST 3138 Introduction to Asian History
HIST 3165 The Making of the Islamic World

Select three of the following 5000-level U.S. history/geography/world history/European history courses
(At least one course must be in U.S. history and one must be either European or world history).

U.S. History and Geography

GEOG 5105 Urban Geography
GEOG 5128 Selected Topics in Geography
GEOG 5215 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
HIST 5111 New South
HIST 5112 American Slavery & Emancipation 1619-1877
HIST 5115 The Civil War
HIST 5116 World War II
HIST 5117 Memory and American National Indentity
HIST 5138 Race and Ethnicity in Colonial American History
HIST 5165 Jacksonian America, 1820 to 1850
HIST 5176 US in the Twentieth Century
HIST 5559 Selected Topics in United States History
HIST 5566 Selected Topics in Race and U.S. History
HIST 5576 History Topics
HIST 5708 The United States in the 1960s

European history and world history

HIST 5135 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
HIST 5136 Slavery in Latin America
HIST 5195 Historiography
HIST 5535 Selected Topics in Latin American History
HIST 5555 Selected Topics in World History
HIST 5575 Selected Topics in European History
HIST 5705 History of International Relations
HIST 5706 Orientalism, Europe, and the World
HIST 5707 Commodities & Consumption in World History
HIST 5715 The Crusades
HIST 5716 The Caliphate

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24

"C" or better required in HIST and GEOG courses used in this area.
Select 6 to 9 hours of HIST or GEOG courses 3000-level or above.
Select 15 to 18 hours within one of the following:
Minor other than History; European Union Certificate; African Studies Certificate; Latin American Studies Certificate; or courses leading to teacher certification

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 12

Total Hours Required: 123

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