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):

  1. Required Course
    • HIST 3000, Introduction to Historical Studies.
  2. One course in U.S. History
  3. One course in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 5.6


  • 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.