History

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    What is History?

    The program of study in history offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. All majors complete several “major requirements” which provide needed background in research and writing, in the theory of the discipline, and in the various fields of history. Students must also complete a capstone experience including two research seminars. Students needing a writing sample or other credential for career advancement or graduate study can complete a Senior Thesis.

    A degree in history is useful to students interested in careers involving critical thinking, research and oral and written communication. It serves as a prerequisite for graduate study in a number of fields, including history and many other social science disciplines, education, law, and theology. A degree in history prepares students for careers in government, the international arena, law, theology, business, non-profit work, as well as for graduate study.

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    Admission Requirements


    None.

    This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required.

    Foreign Language Requirement


    All History majors must demonstrate competence in a foreign language up through the level of FL 2002.

    Foreign Language options include: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Students can also choose American Sign Language, Arabic, or Hebrew under the FL prefix.

    Related Minors or Certificates Available


    • African and African Diaspora Studies
    • Asian Studies
    • Art History Minor
    • Classical Studies Minor
    • European Studies Minor
    • History Minor
    • Native American and Indigenous Studies
    • Public History Minor
    • Slavic, East Europe, and Eurasian Studies

    Sample Classes


    • History of scientific ideas and methods from ancient times to the present, with special emphasis on intellectual trends that contributed to the modern world’s scientific outlook.

    • This course introduces students to the history of India starting with the Indus River civilizations (c. 2500 before common era) to the advent of Islam and the eventual rise of the Mughal Empire. Students explore multiple religious traditions, ethno-linguistic communities, constant migrations of people, and how broader global forces beyond India shaped the subcontinent during this period.

    • Examines the American Revolution from the start of the colonists’ disputes with Britain through the ratification of the Constitution. Issues covered include the development of tensions between Britain and the colonies during the Seven Years’ War and decade-long dispute over taxation, the decision to declare independence and the Revolutionary War, the postwar Confederation government, and the creation of the Constitution. The roles of women, Native Americans, African Americans, and loyalists are also examined.

    • This is an upper-level history course on the final phase of the ancient Roman empire and the transition from antiquity to the early Middle Ages (c. 200 - 600 AD). Major topics include the fall of the western half of the empire, the survival of the East, the rise of new barbarian kingdoms, and the Christianization of the Roman world.

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