Historians research, analyze and interpret the past to demonstrate change over time. Employment of historians is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition"  

Outstanding Preparation

History majors possess broad training in writing, analytical research and critical, coherent thinking, so their skills can be applied to many different occupations. They use many sources of information in their research, including government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films and unpublished manuscripts such as personal diaries and letters. Historians usually specialize in a country or region, a particular period or a particular field, such as social, intellectual, cultural, political, economic or diplomatic history. Many communicate their research and findings through books, articles or essays. Such occupations might include (but would not be limited to) government workers, nonprofit workers, public policy professionals and workers in cultural and social service organizations.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see the GSU Transfer Guides.



Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree. 

I.  General Education Requirements (37 Hours)

See catalog for general education requirements. 

II.  Core Courses (21 Hours) 

HIST 1110 U.S. History I (3)*

HIST 1120  U.S. History II (3)*

HIST 2700 World History I (3)*

HIST 2710  World History II (3)*

HIST 4000  Public History and Civic Engagement (3)

HIST 4910 Capstone I (3)

HIST 4920  Capstone II (3) 

III.  Selectives (12 Hours)

Choose one of the following groups of selectives: 

American Studies

    Choose 12 hours from the following list:

    HIST 3010 Key Issues State and Federal Const Government (3)

    HIST 3100 U.S. Economic History (3)

    HIST 4100 Beyond the Dream (3)

    HIST 4110 History of Illinois (3)

    HIST 4150 Modern U.S. History, 1900-1945 (3)

    HIST 4160 Modern U.S. History, 1945-present (3)

    HIST 4200 American Urban History (3)

    HIST 4250 Topics in American History (3)

    HIST 4400 Black Experience in the U.S. (3)

    HIST 4410 Black Women in the U.S. (3)

    HIST 4440 History of Civil Rights (3)

    HIST 4450 African Slavery in America (3)

    HIST 4500 Women in American History (3)

    HIST 4700 Independent Study (1-4)

    Global Studies

    Choose 12 hours from the following list:

    HIST 4101 Topics in Global History (3)

    HIST 4115 Modern African History (3)

    HIST 4300 Modern Middle Eastern History (3)

    HIST 4330 Ancient Chinese History (3)

    HIST 4340 Modern Chinese History (3)

    HIST 4420 Caribbean History (3)

    HIST 4460 Latin America to Independence (3)

    HIST 4470 Latin America from Independence (3)

    HIST 4480 Pre-Colonial African History (3)

    HIST 4650 Modern European History (3)

    HIST 4670 Russia in the 20th Century (3)

    HIST 4700 Independent Study (1-4)

    HIST 4800 Internship in History (1-4) 

    IV.  Electives (50 Hours) 

    V.  Total Minimum of 120 Hours

    Graduation Requirements

    Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

    Advisor Information

    Ellen Walsh (A-G)
    Assistant Professor

    Elizabeth Johnson (H-M)
    Associate Professor

    David Golland (N-Z)
    Assistant Professor