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History Major

At Georgia Southern University, a Bachelor of Arts in History isn’t just about learning dates and events. It’s about gaining skills that prepare you for a range of exciting careers. You’ll learn to think critically, research thoroughly, and communicate effectively. Whether you’re drawn to a career in law, education, journalism, or diplomacy, this program equips you with the knowledge and skills to succeed. It’s an opportunity to understand historical contexts and apply them in shaping a better future.

Bachelor of Arts in History
Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124

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About the History Major

The Department of History offers a wide range of courses covering various time periods, regions of the world, and themes in history. 

Course levels include:

  • First- and Second-Year Courses (1000-1999): Designed for students with little or no background in historical studies.
  • Introductory Surveys (2000-2999): Open to non-majors and majors, providing overviews of core issues in African, American, Asian, Latin American, Western, and World history.
  • Upper-Division Courses (3000-3999 and 4000-5999): For third- and fourth-year students, covering specialized topics with greater depth. These courses include various honors courses and special-topic courses. Core history classes, Historical Methods, and the Senior Seminar are offered every Fall and Spring semester​​.

Honors in History

Starting Fall 2023, the Honors College is implementing a new curriculum with three pathways for completing upper-division Honors requirements. The History Department offers the traditional Honors thesis option and the Capstone Experience option. The Honors Program prepares students with critical research and analytical skills, which are beneficial for various academic and professional pursuits. Recent graduates have successfully moved on to advanced studies and diverse careers, such as graduate programs, legal studies, archival services and military roles​​.

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What Can You Do With a History Degree?

With a history major, you are far from being confined to academics. While academia remains an option, you can also explore a variety of other fields in the business, nonprofit and government sectors. Here are just a few of the career opportunities that await you:

  • Academic Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Assistant to Anthropologists or Archaeologists
  • Business Analyst
  • College or University History Professor
  • Diplomat
  • Fundraising
  • Government Analyst
  • Government Historian
  • Heritage Manager
  • High School History Teacher
  • Historic Buildings Inspector/Conservation Officer
  • Historical Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Media and Communications
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Officer
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Political Advisor/Campaign Work
  • Tour Guide
  • Writer

History Minor

The History minor is available as a skill-set enhancement for various majors and requires 15 credit hours. 

Select one of the following courses:

  • HIST 2400 The American Military Experience
  • HIST 2500 Explorations in History
  • HIST 2630 Historical Methods

Take four additional HIST courses (12 credit hours). These are upper-level courses (3000-5000 level), which do not have prerequisites, offering flexibility in choosing courses​​.

History Minor Requirements

Student Resources

Click on the links below to find the information you need. Remember, it is your responsibility to seek advisement and ensure all requirements are met as your progress toward graduation.

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Last updated: 5/18/2023