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Bachelor of Arts in History

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Major in History

A Bachelor of Arts degree in history will provide the student with a general understanding of the complex factors that influence human behavior. The discipline of history is a central pillar of a liberal arts education playing an essential role in helping students to think critically and in developing their ability to communicate complex ideas. History graduates are expected to be proficient in written and oral communication, conscientious and exacting in research, and thoroughly grounded in the skills of analysis and interpretation. Track 1 graduates have pursued careers in a wide variety of fields from education and archival studies to urban affairs and public service. Moreover, history remains among the premier pre-professional degrees for students intending to study the law or medicine. Track 2 in the major prepares graduates to teach history in middle and high school classrooms of Georgia. A minor in history is available and its description can be found immediately after the description of the major.

Teaching Certification Program

Track 2 of the major in history will lead to a certificate to teach in the middle and secondary schools of Georgia. NCATE and the PSC have granted full approval for this track. Students who desire to complete Track 2 and earn teaching credentials in Georgia must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program midway through their sophomore year. On page 168 of this catalog are found the requirements for admission to this program and the steps involved in applying for admission. In addition to reading carefully the materials on pages 170-171, the prospective teacher education candidate should contact the School of Education midway through his or her sophomore year. Whenever a semester schedule permits an elective, students seeking secondary certification should take either EDUC 2110, 2120, 2130.

The course requirements of the two tracks of the history major follow:

Curriculum for B.A. in History
Core Area A - E and G Courses 42 - 46 Semester Hours
Area F
  1. HIST 1121, 1122, 2111, 2112* (6 hrs.)
  2. Two semesters of foreign language** (6 hrs. in the same language)
  3. Two - three courses chosen from ANTH 1102; BUSA 2101; HIST 2000; HIST 2183; MATH 2101; PSYC 1101, 2101, 2103; any ECON, POLS, or SOCI; (6-9 hrs.)
* Two of these courses will be taken in Area E
** One of these two courses may have been taken in Area C
  Track 1: History
Required History Courses:

One research seminar (3 hrs.)
HIST 2000 Historical Research and Writing            HIST 4900 Research Seminar in History

Elective History Courses: 21 hours of 3000/4000 level history offerings split 12/9 or 9/12 between American history courses and European/World history courses.
Elective Courses:
15 hours of 3000/4000 level
18 hours any level
Totals: 120-124 hours
  Track 2: History with Teaching Certification
Required History Courses: HIST 2000 Historical Research and Writing           
HIST 3100 Atlantic World (3 hrs.)
HIST 3200 Asian Civilizations (3 hrs.)
HIST 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Social Science Education (3 hrs.), or
EDUC 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Education (3 hrs.)
HIST 4900 Research Seminar in History
Elective History Courses: 15 hours of 3000/4000 level history offerings split 12/3 or 9/6 between American history courses and European/World history courses.
Required Education Courses: EDUC 2110 (3 hrs.)
EDUC 2120 (3 hrs.)
EDUC 2130 (3 hrs.)
EDUC 3005 Middle and Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hrs.)
LART 3006 Reading in the Content Areas (3 hrs.)
SPED 3105 The Exceptional Learner in the Secondary Classroom (3 hrs.)
EDUC 3505 & EDUC 3504 Secondary Practicum (3 hrs.)
EDUC 4505 & EDUC 4504 Secondary Student Teaching (12 hrs.)
 
Totals: 120 - 124 hours

Upper Level American History Courses:
HIST 3100 Atlantic World (fulfills European or American emphasis) (3 hrs.)
HIST 3710 Colonial & Revolutionary America (3 hrs.)
HIST 3720 Constitution and Early Republic, 1783-1815 (3 hrs.)
HIST 3750 American Civil War (3 hrs.)
HIST 3760 Reconstruction and Industrialization, 1865-1896 (3 hrs.)
HIST 3770 The Progressive Era and World War I, 1896-1920 (3 hrs.)
HIST 3780 The United States, 1920-Present (3 hrs.)
HIST 3790 History of the American South (3 hrs.)
HIST 3800 History of Georgia (3 hrs.)
HIST 3810 The African-American Experience (3 hrs.)
HIST 3820 African Diaspora (fulfills European or American emphasis) (3 hrs.)
HIST 4720 Special Topics in American History (3 hrs.)
HIST 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Social Science Education (3 hrs.)

Upper Level European/World History Courses:
HIST 3000 Ancient World (3 hrs.)
HIST 3100 Atlantic World (fulfills European or American emphasis) (3 hrs.)
HIST 3200 Asian Civilizations (3 hrs.)
HIST 3300 Europe in the Middle Ages (3 hrs.)
HIST 3400 The Renaissance & Reformation (3 hrs.)
HIST 3820 African Diaspora (fulfills European or American emphasis) (3 hrs.)
HIST 4000 Modern Europe, 1789-Present (3 hrs.)
HIST 4100 Modern Russia (3 hrs.)
HIST 4300 Modern Germany (3 hrs.)
HIST 4400 Modern Britain (3 hrs.)
HIST 4500 Latin America (3 hrs.)
HIST 4600 South Africa (3 hrs.)
HIST 4700 Special Topics in World History (3 hrs.)
HIST 4710 Special Topics in European History (3 hrs.)
HIST 4900 Research Seminar in History (3 hrs.)

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Minor in History

A minor in history can be completed as follows:

Choose Three Courses: Hours
Any upper division 3000/4000-level history courses 9
Choose Two Courses: 6
Students may take any two additional 2000-level or upper division 3000/4000-level history courses. No 2000-level course can be counted here and in Area E of the core curriculum.  
Total Credit Hours: 15

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