History, BA

Graduates with a BA in history have several options including entry-level positions in history- related fields, graduate study in history, and solid liberal arts preparation for a variety of public service, business, writing, and education careers. The study of history has traditionally provided a strong background for graduates who go on to law school. Yet history degrees are versatile, viable, and valuable. Among the top skills that today’s employers want are written and oral communication, solving problems, analyzing data, and obtaining and processing information. History majors develop those desirable skills.

History majors at Clayton State have an experience unique in the nation because no other institution of higher learning has a state archives and a regional national archives located immediately adjacent to campus. Clayton State students will have the opportunity to conduct research in these facilities, and internships in either facility are possible.

Program Requirements

No more than two grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the History major. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F of the core curriculum. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the History degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
World Language Option
Students contemplating advanced study in the field of history or international travel are strongly encouraged to study a language other than English.0-6
Lower Division Major Requirements
Choose 12 hours from the following: 112
Survey-PreModern World History
Survey of Modern World History
Survey of US History to 1877
US HIST Since Reconstruction
Historical Methods
Critical Trends and Issues
Lower Division Major Electives
Choose from the following:0-6
Intro-African American Studies
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics/History/Cntmpry Persp
Intro to Aesthetics
Intro to Political Science
Intro to Global Issues
Intro to Human Development
Introduction to Sociology
Intro to Marriage & the Family
Social Problems
Upper Division Major Requirements9
HIST 3001Historiography3
HIST 3110Georgia History and Government3
HIST 4850Senior Thesis in History3
Required Upper Division United States History Core12
Select 4 courses from the folliowing:
Intro to Public History
Establishment-US 1607-1800
The Age of Jefferson & Jackson
The Civil War Era
The Reconstruction Era
US-Gilded Age & Prog. Era
Themes-Twentieth Cen. US Hist.
U.S. History, 1914-1945
Modern America, 1945-present
History through Film
Business & Economic History
Fam. Hist. & Genealogical Res
U.S. Military History
U.S. Historical Geography
Women's History
Environmental History
History of the Old South
History of the New South
African American Hist. to 1877
African Am. Hist. since 1877
Introduction to Museums
Intro- Historical Preservation
Selected Topics in History
Independent Study-History
History Internship
Archival Internship II
History Practicum
Required Upper Division World History Core12
Choose 4 courses from the following:
Twentieth Century World
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Caribbean History
History of Mexico
History of Sub Sahara Africa
Spec. Topics in Hist-Mid. East
History through Film (relevant topics)
Pre-Modern East Asian History
Modern East Asian History
Pre-Modern South Asia History
Modern South Asian History
Pre-Modern Russian History
Modern Russian History
History of Middle East to 1800
History of Middle East-1800
World Historical Geography
Ancient Greece and Rome
History of the Middle Ages
Early Modern Europe
Europe Since 1815
History of World Religions
Selected Topics in History
Independent Study-History
History Internship
Archival Internship II
General History Concentration or Minor15-21
History majors must select the General History Concentration or choose an approved minor in another discipline.
Choose 5-7 additional Upper Division (3000-4000 level) HIST courses.
Major Related Electives6-12
Choose 6-12 hours from among 3000- or 4000-level courses from the following prefixes: ART, CMS, COMM, AFAM, ENGL, POLS, THEA, SPAN, FREN, PHIL, HUMN, MUSC, SOCI, PSYC, ECON, and WST.
Free Elective3
Choose any course numbered 1000 or higher (except PHED, WLAB, or courses identified in the catalog as career or institutional credit courses).
Total Credit Hours120