2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED COPY]

History - Concentration: United States History (BA)

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

A graduate of the History Program will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources as historical evidence
  2. Students will retain a useful body of historical knowledge of key people, places, events, and trends in history.
  3. Students should be able to interpret and evaluate historical arguments.
  4. Students should produce historical research that demonstrates critical thinking, develops an argument with evidence, and adheres to the standards of attribution and citation used by professional historians.
  5. Students are prepare for future endeavors and careers arising from and enhanced by historical knowledge, methods, and skills.


General Education: (60 semester hours)

Area A - Essential Skills: (9 semester hours)

Area B - Institutional Option (4 semester hours)

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 semester hours)

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

Area E - Social Science (12 semester 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

U.S. History Electives (15 semester hours)

Select 15 hours of 3000/4000 level courses from the U.S. History 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