Bachelor of Arts

The study of history enriches a student’s understanding of our human heritage and develops valuable skills of critical thinking and clear communication. History courses prepare students for a range of pursuits including careers in education, government, law and business.  

Students may choose the major or the minor in history and may participate in a growing number of extracurricular opportunities, including research internships, Education Abroad programs, the History Club and the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society.

Major

Students who major in history will choose to specialize in one of five concentrations.

U.S. History

This concentration explores major themes in U.S. history from the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century to the present. Course topics include the settlement of the colonies, independence, nation building, slavery, the Civil War, industrialization, immigration, social movements and U.S. relations with the world. Students in this concentration are encouraged to take courses in a second history concentration or outside discipline to gain a well-rounded liberal arts education. View the course catalog requirements for a BA in U.S. history.

Western Civilization

This concentration focuses primarily on the history of Europe from antiquity to the present. Courses in this concentration may focus on specific areas, such as Greece, or specific periods, such as Europe in the 20th century, and they will consider Europe’s history within a global context. Students in this concentration are encouraged take courses in a second history concentration or outside discipline to gain a well-rounded liberal arts education. View the course catalog requirements for a BA in western civilization.

World History

This concentration examines the world system with emphasis on Asia, Africa and the Americas. Courses may focus on specific areas and periods or may develop broad themes exploring interconnections across the globe. Students in this concentration are encouraged take courses in a second history concentration or outside discipline to gain a well-rounded liberal arts education. View the course catalog requirements for a BA in world history.

Interdisciplinary/Thematic History

This concentration allows a student to shape an individualized course of study that draws from history and other liberal arts disciplines. With the advice and consent of the history faculty, students in this concentration choose courses related to a chosen theme of study. Students in this concentration will take courses in more than one history concentration or outside discipline to gain a well-rounded liberal arts education. View the course catalog requirements for a BA in interdisciplinary/thematic history.

History Teacher Certification

This concentration provides the training and certification needed to teach history at the secondary level. Students in this concentration take a set combination of courses in history and teacher education. Formal admission to the teacher education programs is required to take the upper division education courses. View the course catalog requirements for a BA in history teacher certification.

Minor

Students pursuing a degree in another academic subject may choose to minor in history. For the minor, students must complete 15 semester hours of upper division history courses, beyond the courses used for their major, with a minimum of six semester hours taken at GGC and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the courses. Courses should be selected in consultation with a faculty member in the history program. Entry into 3000-4000 level courses requires the completion of the English 1102 and the Area E history requirement.