Follow Your Curiosity about the Past

Journey locally and globally through historical sources and historical site visits to explore the people and events that shape our past and lend understanding to the present and future.

Expand your abilities to think historically – to find, analyze and evaluate sources, to investigate questions, and to persuade others of your findings. Build reading, writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills essential for success in life and any future career.

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Access to bachelor's degrees for more people, where potential trumps privilege, and tenacity and commitment matter more than one’s academic past. Honors Program? We’ve got you covered there, too.

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Attentive education that focuses on your success with faculty mentorships that linger after graduation. Standards are high, but you’ve got this with access to tutoring and professors who are engaged in your success.

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GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture and affordable tuition educate today's careers, and change the future for students at all levels, of all ages, from all walks of life.

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History Concentrations

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    Careers and Grad School Prep

    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.

    • Archivist
    • Business
    • Consultant
    • Education
    • Law
    • Politics
    • Research

    Engaged Learning

    GGC fosters partnerships with local community organizations and historical sites to provide learning opportunities and tangible experiences that move portfolios to the top of the employment pile.

    • Academic conference presentations
    • Volunteering, internships, service learning – examples of past organizations:
      • Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
      • Gwinnett Historical Society
      • Fort Hollingsworth-White House
    • Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society

    GGC also creates global engagement through internationalized i‑courses and study abroad opportunities.

    Minors, Certificates, Certifications

    Minors, certificates and certifications add value and enhance degrees for enrolled degree-seeking students. Learn more about available professional certificate programs for non-degree seeking students.

      African American studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an African American studies minor.

      Anthropology minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an anthropology minor.

      Biology minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biology minor.

      Biomedical sciences certificate for academic enhancers

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biomedical sciences certificate for academic enhancers. Email @email with questions.

      Biomedical sciences certificate for career changers

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a biomedical sciences certificate for career changers. Email @email with questions.

      Business administration minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a business administration minor (non-business majors).

      Business intelligence certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a business intelligence certificate.

      Chemistry minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a chemistry minor.

      Chemistry of fermentation science, certificate in the

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a certificate in the chemistry of fermentation science.

      Creative writing minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a creative writing minor.

      Criminal justice / criminology minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a criminal justice / criminology minor.

      Cybersecurity certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a cybersecurity certificate.

      English minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an English minor.

      Film minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a film minor.

      Gender studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a gender studies minor.

      Geography minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a geography minor.

      Gerontology certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a gerontology certificate.

      Global studies certification

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a global studies certification.

      History minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a history minor.

      Information technology minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with an information technology minor.

      Integrative arts minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a integrative arts minor.

      International diplomacy and conflict resolution, certificate in

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a certificate in international diplomacy and conflict resolution.

      Latin American studies certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Latin American studies certificate.

      Legal studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a legal studies minor.

      Mathematics minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a mathematics minor.

      Musical studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a musical studies minor.

      Non-profit advocacy, certificate in

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a certificate in non-profit advocacy.

      Paralegal certification

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a paralegal certification.

      Physics minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a physics minor.

      Political economy, certificate in

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a certificate in political economy.

      Political science minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a political science minor.

      Professional legal administrator certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a professional legal administrator certificate.

      Professional studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a professional studies minor.

      Religious studies minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a religious studies minor.

      Sociology minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a sociology minor.

      Spanish for professionals certificate

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Spanish for professionals certificate.

      Spanish minor

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a Spanish minor.

      TESOL certification

      Learn the requirements to expand your academic interests and enhance your bachelor’s degree with a TESOL certification.

      Alumni Voices

      GGC Graduate Amelia Porter Lewis

      Amelia Porter Lewis, ‘17
      Bachelor of Art in History

      “I was born in Gwinnett, and because of strategic and progressive planning efforts of local leaders, I was able to complete my education and earn a bachelor’s degree in Gwinnett, and now through my job and volunteer work, I can give back to my community.”

      Transforming Lives

      • Assistant to Gwinnett County’s director of the Department of Transportation, researching property records and other historical information related to DOT projects
      • Historian, Gwinnett County
      • Ex-facto member, Gwinnett Historic Preservation & Restoration Board, advising the board, which in turn advises the county board of commissioners in historic restoration and preservation matters
      • Liaison, Gwinnett Records Management Department and Volunteer Gwinnett program
      • Tour guide volunteer, downtown Lawrenceville
      • 2023 Gwinnett Young Professionals 35 Under 35 winner

      Education

      • Master’s degree in public administration, 2022
      • Bachelor of Arts in History, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2017

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      Unique to GGC’s focus on student engagement, faculty invite students at all levels – including freshmen – to collaborate on research projects, conference presentations, even co-authoring articles published in academic journals.

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