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Bachelor of Arts

History

Bachelor of Arts in History

History focuses on humanity in action and in thought, as well as humanity's relationship to the earth and the allocation of its resources, historically, at present, and in the future. The study of history provides a broad base essential for effective functioning in humanistic areas. Specialized study in specific social science areas may lead to careers in teaching, governmental services, public information, business, the legal profession, or simply provide the broad based liberal arts education fundamental to a fuller understanding of life, whatever the specific career choice. History accepts the particular challenge of promoting awareness of our cultural heritage and the responsibilities of citizenship within a democratic society and the world community. The activities of the department also encourage the discovery and study of those societal needs which may be effectively addressed in an academic setting.

Graduates can find career opportunities such as:

  • Lawyer/Paralegal
  • Historian
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Historic Sites & Museums
  • Historic Preservation
  • Librarian
  • Federal/State Agencies
  • Archivists & Records Managers
  • Education
  • Litigation Support
  • Foundations & Nonprofit Development
  • Sales Staff & Management

 

Program Curriculum

Program Details

A history degree from Georgia Southwestern provides a solid foundation for a number of future careers in business, the social sciences, humanities, and more. Through engaging coursework and hands-on research, students can expect to:

  • Develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers.
  • Develop skills in communication and interpersonal relationships in order to coordinate projects, build effective teams, and hone leadership skills.
  • Interpret and evaluate historical data; understanding the relationship between the environment and the historical context.
  • Develop an informed perspective with a broad depth of knowledge applicable to a variety of career opportunities.
  • Engage in self-realization, intellectual inquiry, and the examination of personal and professional values. 

Americus History Tours

Take a walk with the Sumter Historic Trust with the new digital “Americus History Trails” starting Summer 2022. Offering three detailed tours, participants can explore the area more in depth while engaging with the guided tours. The three detailed tours include the "Postcard Tour," "Hold On, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize," and "Off the Beaten Path Architecture and History."

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Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts in History

Business, History & Political Science Building

229-931-2079
pauline.gillis@gsw.edu

Monday – Friday: 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Faculty & Staff

Experiential Learning
Community Resources
Teaching Certification

One of many instances of hands-on experience, Dr. Evan Kutzler's "The Study of History" class takes a tour of Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus, Georgia to find influenza victims from the 1918 pandemic.

Students taking classes through the Department of History and Political Science are frequently given the chance to explore remnants of historic structures locally that relate to their studies. Americus maintains echoes of the past at our fingertips for exploration and further study. 

Americus, Georgia is a thriving historic community offering an abundance of resources many of within walking distance from the campus and through online services. Students are encouraged to explore Sumter County and surrounding areas available for research. Locations and services include:

  • Andersonville National Historic Park
  • Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Farm
  • Veteran's State Park
  • the Rural Telephone Museum
  • the Lindbergh Memorial
  • Habitat for Humanity's national headquarters
  • The Fuller Center for Housing's international headquarters
  • Americus Historic District architecture
  • James E. Carter Library's Rare Books Room

Georgia Southwestern also offers students the opportunity for teaching certification in the field of history through the College of Education. 

 

Program Details

GSW has a very friendly campus that has both the large and small school feel and allows for anyone to be involved on campus if they choose to be.

Tripp Larkey History Major
Zebulon, Georgia