B.A. World History Concentration

Georgia State University is one of the few academic institutions in the United States offering undergraduates a formal program of study in world history. As a student in world history, you will explore large-scale history with intensive training in cross-cultural, transnational, and global perspectives. Through a global and historical perspective, our interdisciplinary program explores the interconnections among human societies.


Who can select a world history concentration?


The concentration is appropriate for all history majors, including those in the pre-education track, regardless of specialization. Successful completion of the concentration leads to a degree in “History: Concentration in World History” and a certificate in World History.


How do I apply?


Admission to the World History Concentration is easy. Please contact Dr. Jared Poley, jpoley@gsu.edu.


Note: Students must meet with the World History Program Director at least once per semester (excluding summer) and at least one month prior to graduation.


Program Requirements




Students must meet all requirements for the History B.A. degree (see the Undergraduate Catalog) and complete the following:


Area G (major courses)


HIST 3000, Introduction to Historical Studies.

A course in U.S. History.

A course in European History.

A course in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History.

Two courses in Cross-Cultural, Transregional, or Transnational History. Courses in this area emphasize the theoretical, methodological, and historiographical aspects of the New World History.

An additional course in US, European, or African/Asian/Latin American/Middle Eastern history. It is recommended that this course have a prominent world history dimension.

HIST 4990, Historical Research. Students in the world history concentration should consult their instructors about the possibility of giving their research projects a world history dimension. Pre-Education Track students may substitute an additional course from Area 5.


All courses in Area G must be upper level.

At least two of the courses under items G.2-6 must have a chronological focus before 1800 AD/CE


Area H (the minor)


Three of the five courses for the minor (upper-level courses taken in another department) must have a prominent cross-cultural, transregional, and/or transnational dimension.