Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

The Department of History educates students about the past by blending traditional and contemporary approaches to the study and teaching of history and by emphasizing global perspectives, while recognizing the value of local and regional history. Students will learn to analyze and interpret complex information and to present coherent arguments about its meaning and significance. Upon graduation, students will have the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed in a variety of careers or in further professional education. Consistent with the mission of the University, the department fosters a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success.


Students earning the B.A. in History will be able to:

  1. Display knowledge of fundamental themes and narratives in history.
  2. Conduct original historical research.
  3. Communicate historical knowledge and explanations to others.

History majors will analyze and interpret information, write and share ideas about why events happened, and develop the knowledge and skills that help them to succeed in today’s workplace.


The graduate programs in the Department of History (M.A. in History, Certificate in Public History) are designed to serve the diverse needs of graduate students, whether they seek a solid grounding in graduate study as preparation for entry into doctoral programs, wish to earn a degree as part of their professional development, or are interested in pursuing careers as public historians, archivists, or librarians.

By emphasizing the complexities and interconnectedness of the past, the graduate programs in History seek to instill in students a sense of curiosity and to develop critical thinking, research, communication, and analytical skills - skills relevant to a variety of careers.

Reflecting the missions of Georgia Southern University and the College of Arts and Humanities, the department fosters a culture of close engagement with students, combines theory with practice, and extends the learning environment beyond the classroom to promote life-long learning and growth.


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