Our alumni work in K-12 schools and higher education; hospitals and nonprofits; state, local and federal governments; and firms including Delta, AT&T, Deloitte, Home Depot, Southern Company and UPS.
History majors can select from World History, Pre-Law and Pre-Education concentrations. Whether you are a history major or a non-major enrolling in one of our courses, our faculty are eager to share their expertise with you. With an impressive roster of internship and study abroad experiences available, our students are well prepared for careers in the public and private sector and further professional or graduate study.
Every history major must take History 3000, the "Gateway" into the advanced skills that our students are expected to master.
Majors must also take History 4990, a course that serves as a "Capstone" experience that offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability as historians.
Georgia State University's Bachelor of Arts in History offers students a broad-based and culturally-relevant course of study. As a student in our program, you have several choices in your major.
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- World History Concentration
- Pre-Education Track
- Pre-Law Concentration
For the broadest curriculum options, consider the Bachelor of Arts in History if you are interested in an in-depth look at world history and culture. Our world history concentration will prepare you for careers and graduate programs that require an understanding of global contexts. If you would like to pursue teaching as a career, our pre-education track will have you well-prepared to enter any master's-level certification program.
Minor in History
Students who wish to minor in history must take 15-18 hours in history courses, including at least three courses at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in history courses may count the additional hours toward their electives or consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses, counting toward the minor. For more details, see the course catalog.
Human Rights and Democracy
Students interested in the minor in Human Rights and Democracy are required to take 6-7 hours of foundational courses, 3-7 hours of coursework in social conflict and conflict resolution and 3-7 hours of coursework in identity perspectives. For more details, see the course catalog.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Asian Studies offers students an opportunity to acquire knowledge of this important world region and a career-oriented range of skills. Students may follow a course plan with a concentration in International Business and Economy or a minor in International Business. For students interested in teaching English in China, Japan, Korea, or elsewhere in Asia, it allows a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) with an option to obtain a TEFL certificate.
Students have the option to concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, or Indian/South Asian studies and they can choose from a large pool of courses taught by Georgia State faculty experts in their regions and disciplines appropriate to their areas of concentration.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Middle East Studies is designed for students who want a well-rounded understanding of the Middle East along with an in-depth knowledge of a language of the region.
Students in the major are required to develop competency in Arabic or another Middle Eastern language through the 2002 level of coursework.
The major prepares students for careers in government, business, the nonprofit sector or the military, as well as for graduate school.
The Master of Heritage Preservation (M.H.P.) program offers compelling opportunities for graduate study to pursue careers related to the preservation and interpretation of history and cultural heritage.
Students in the 42-credit hour degree program pursue either the Historic Preservation or Public History track. The Historic Preservation track focuses on the built environment, buildings, landscapes and the general preservation of historical sites. The Public History track focuses on interpreting history to a public audience through exhibits, online resources, oral histories, archives and museum studies. The program and its faculty emphasize the theory and practice of protecting historic sites, communicating their historical significance, and generating dialogue around their meanings in the present.
The dual degree program offers high-achieving students the opportunity to accelerate their progress toward a master's degree, typically completing both the B.A. and M.A. within five years. Students in the program enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs, saving time and tuition dollars.
The program requires two applications: the first to confirm eligibility to pursue the dual degree program and take graduate-level courses while completing the undergraduate history major; the second is the formal application for admission to the M.A. program in History.