2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog 
    Aug 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Georgia Gwinnett Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

History - Concentration: Interdisciplinary/Thematic History (BA)

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123 credits required for graduation

Bachelor of Arts - History

The School of Liberal Arts offers the Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in History. The B.A. degree in History is for students interested in a wide range of career choices ranging from education to law to the business world. The History major consists of two tracks: History with Teacher Certification and History. Students pursuing the History with Teacher Certification track will take a combination of comprehensive education and history courses designed to prepare graduates for careers as educators. Students pursuing the History track will take upper-level courses that provide a broad foundation for the study of history, including advanced study in one of the four concentrations: United States History, World History, Western Civilization, and Interdisciplinary/Thematic History. The History track also allows students to take additional courses to build a second history field of study or to establish a concentration in another discipline.


General Education Requirements (60 hours)

The primary objective of the general education requirements is to guarantee that all students seeking a Bachelors of Arts in History (BA) degree will share a common body of knowledge drawn from a broad spectrum of subject areas.

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

The physical education requirement is comprised of one credit hour of Wellness and two credit hours of additional Physical Education courses.

Legislative Requirements

Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitution on the United States and Georgia. These requirements may be met by receiving a passing grade in certain courses, or by passing the appropriate examination. The courses and the requirement(s) each course satisfies are as follows:

  1. HIST 2111  or HIST 2112  satisfies the Georgia and U.S. history requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  2. POLS 1101  satisfies the Georgia and US Constitution requirement (if taken at a University System of Georgia institution).
  3. Students with transfer credit (HIST 2111  or HIST 2112  or POLS 1101 ) from outside the University System of Georgia will need to contact the Testing Center regarding the legislative exams requirement.

Major Requirements (60 hours)

The major requirements consist of three areas of study: History Core, Concentrations, and General Electives. The History Core is designed to ensure that students receiving the BA degree in History will share a common body of knowledge needed for a wide range of private and public sector organizations. Concentration courses allow students to delve further into areas of specialization. General Electives give students an opportunity to explore topics of interest at an advanced level.

Program Outcome Goals

Bachelor of Arts - History

Concentrations: United States History, World History, Western Civilization, or Interdisciplinary/Thematic History

Students in the History Major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify, locate, analyze, differentiate, and interpret primary and secondary source data.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating historical research in multiple forms of expression.
  3. Demonstrate fluency in the language of the discourse of historical analysis.
  4. Have a broad knowledge of both world and US historical geography
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how human interaction with environments shaped nature..
  6. Have a broad knowledge and a select mastery of key people, trends, and events, in world and U.S. History.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding how past actions have influenced the direction of current events, as well as how current conditions have shaped our understanding of the past.
  8. Develop an awareness of the skills needed for future endeavors and careers arising from and enhanced by the study of history.

General Education: (60 semester hours)

Area A - Essential Skills: (9 hours)

Area B - Institutional Option (4 hours)

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)

Select one from the following:

Area D - Natural Sciences, Math, Technology (11 hours)

Area E - Social Science (12 hours)

Area F - Courses Related to the Program of Study (18 semester hours)


**Courses used in Area E cannot be used in Area F and US History

Sequence must be completed if not done in Area E

Additional Requirements (3 hours)

Physical Education Requirement

  • Choices for Life (1) Credit Hours
  • Additional Physical Education (2) Credit Hours

Program of Study (60 semester hours)

Required History Courses (18 semester hours)

Select one 3000 level course from each of the following

  • US History (3) Credit Hours
  • Western Civilization (3) Credit Hours
  • World History (3) Credit Hours
  • Thematic/Interdisciplinary History (3) Credit Hours

Thematic/Interdisciplinary Electives (15 semester hours)

Select 15 hours of 3000/4000 level courses from the Interdisciplinary/Thematic Elective Area (See catalog  for courses) (15) Credit Hours.

At least one course must be at the 4000 level

Additional History/Outside Discipline Electives (15 hours)

Select only 3000/4000 level history electives or courses from a non-history discipline

General Electives (12 semester hours)

1000-4000 level

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