Selected Educational Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts program with a major in history has numerous desired outcomes. Examples of the outcomes include the following:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major political developments in history.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major social developments in history.
  3. Students will communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical analysis and historical interpretation.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. As a matter of established departmental policy, all upper division courses require written work in the form of essays, research papers, and other similar projects that help determine progress in written communication skills, analytical and interpretive skills, and mastery of course content.
  2. Senior Seminar is designed to measure student progress in the program in the mastery of effective oral and written communication, the acquisition of skills in critical analysis and historical interpretation, and the ability to make effective use of library resources and computer and information technology.
  3. When such information is available, the department will use as an assessment tool the results of University-wide collection of data that relate to the major and to History Department graduates.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in History (History Track--B.A. degree only)

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A - E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Core Area F 1
Foreign Language and Culture 26
HIST 2111United States History to 18653
or HIST 2112 United States History since 1865
HIST 1011History of Civilization I (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
HIST 1012History of Civilization II (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
HIST 1013History of Civilization III (if taken in Area E, then elective from list below)0-3
Acceptable electives for Area F:
Race, Class, and Gender
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Microcomputers and Applications
Survey of Economics
Introduction to Human Geography
World Regional Geography
Geographic Perspectives on Multiculturalism in the U.S.
Statistical Methods
Fundamentals of Philosophy
Principles of Logic and Argumentation
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Global Issues
Introduction to General Psychology
World Religions
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Senior College Curriculum60
HIST 3000Study of History3
Upper division courses in History 30
Courses numbered above 3000, including at least one each in:
a. European or British History
b. United States History
c. World History (beyond solely US or European)
d. Additional course from categories (a) or (c), above
HIST 4950Senior Seminar3
Foreign Language and Culture (if not taken in Area C)0-3
Minor or Electives21-24
Must include at least six (6) semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above in a single discipline outside the history major.
Total hours required for the degree120

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in History / Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Secondary Education:

History Education Track

Core Curriculum60
Core Areas A-B13
Core Area C6
World Literature I: The Ancient World
World Literature II: The Age of Discovery
World Literature III: The Development of Modern Thought
First Foreign Language
Core Area D11
Core Area E
United States History to 1865
United States History since 1865
History of Civilization I
American Government
Area E Elective (See VSU Core Curriculum)
Core Area F18
United States History to 1865
United States History since 1865
History of Civilization II
History of Civilization III
Second Foreign Language
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
Entry to the Education Profession
Senior College Curriculum66
Program Requirements for the BA in History (Content Concentration)33
HIST 3000Study of History3
Courses numbered above 3000, including at least one each in:27
a. European or British History
b. History of Georgia
c. World History (beyond solely US or Europe)
d. Additional course from categories (a) or (c)
e. US History from the Colonial Era to WWII
f. Modern US History (HIST 4204, 4205, 4205, or 4208)
HIST 4950Senior Seminar3
Program Requirements for the BSEd in Secondary Education (Professional Courses)33
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SPEC 3000Serving Students with Diverse Needs3
SEED 3020Introduction to Standards, Planning, and Assessment2
SEED 3991Differentiated Instruction in Secondary Education3
SEED 4000Assessment for Secondary Education3
SEED 4300social Studies Methods for Secondary Education3
SEED 4610Secondary Education Practicum I1
SEED 4620Secondary Education Practicum II3
SEED 4790Student Teaching in Secondary Education10
SEED 4800Professional Practices Seminar2
Total Hours Required for the Degrees126


  1. The History Education Track is for students who are pursuing the double major with Education. The History Education Track can be earned in 126 hours as long as participants take their first foreign language course in Area C and take HIST 1011 in Area E; otherwise, attaining the double major will require more than 126 hours.

  2. Any History Education Track student who cannot gain acceptance into the education program or maintain program enrollment (because of low GACE scores or low GPA, for example) must switch to the History Track--B.A. Only, with its requirements of 9 hours in a single foreign language and 36 hours of HIST courses at the 3xxx/4xxx level.
  3. To complete both majors successfully, students must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in all Area E HIST courses, Area F courses, content concentration courses, and professional courses; earn an adjusted GPA of 3.0 or higher across all EDUC courses, upper division HIST courses (3000/4000-level), and professional courses; and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. Foreign language courses will not be included in the adjusted GPA requirement.
  4. The College of Education and Human Services Health and Physical Education requirements are waived for students completing the double major track: B.A. in History and B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education / History.