Bachelor of Arts
College of Letters and Sciences
Department of History and Geography
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
- 4 Year Course Schedule
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.
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
Historic Sites and Museums
Historians as Researchers
Museums and Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
Historians as Communicators
Writers and Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material
Historians as Information Managers
Historians as Advocates
Lawyers and Paralegals
Legislative Staff Work
Historians in Businesses and Associations
Historians in Corporations
Historians and Nonprofit Associations
- Explain the causes and consequences of major historical events and processes and situate these events and ideas within a broader historical and thematic context.
- Compare and contrast historical developments across time, space, and cultures.
- Analyze a variety of types of primary sources drawing on appropriate historical context.
- Critically evaluate (compare and contrast and explain the evolution of) different scholarly interpretations of historical evidence.
- Utilize resources including library catalogs, archives, and electronic databases to assemble primary and secondary sources relevant to a historical question.
- Frame answerable historical research questions and construct persuasive and clearly written historical arguments drawing on primary and secondary source evidence, using appropriate professional documentation methods.
Additional Program Requirements
Program Of Study
Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
Select two of the following courses:
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.
Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges: Area B, 4-5 hours; Area D1, 7-8 hours; Area D2, 3-4 hours. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:
Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
D1: Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
D2: Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:
Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
Take the following course:
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:
Select one world cultures course from the following courses:
Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours:18
Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
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:
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
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
HIST 3149 Women and Gender in American 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
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
The department strongly encourages students to complete a Foreign Language through the 2002 level, especially for those who plan to pursue graduate study.
Total Hours Required: 123