9.17. History

Programs offered:
B.A. in History
B.A.L.S. in History
Minor in History (TU)
Minor in History (ADP)

History bridges the disciplinary perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. The causes, experience and impact of important moments in the past are examined in order to explain, analyze and assign contemporary significance to the movements and events that have shaped human experience. History courses at Oglethorpe begin where traditional survey courses and textbooks leave off. Rather than simply viewing the parade of events, students consider the origins and implications of events, their impact on our values, assumptions, social relations and world views. In this spirit students are invited to enter into dialogue with historians past and present.

Courses are taught in a seminar format designed to promote lively interchange and informed debate. Reading assignments draw on a wide range of historical methods and traditions, including perspectives from religion, philosophy, art, music, literature and popular culture as well as politics, economics and geography. These methods and perspectives inform independent student research. In their individual projects, students develop their own research agendas and learn to master the techniques of historical research. Particular emphasis is placed on presentation—both written and oral—of evidence, arguments and conclusions.

Oglethorpe’s location provides many opportunities for creative research as well as internships. The experience and training of History majors prepares them for post-graduate study in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including history, archaeology, anthropology, politics, international studies and social work, as well as careers in such fields as education, law, journalism, public relations, art, theology, diplomacy and public service.

Lower level courses are especially recommended for freshmen and sophomores; upper level courses generally require a research paper, may have prerequisites and are primarily aimed toward juniors and seniors.

B.A. in History (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of the following courses:
    HIS 101 Foundations of the West
    HIS 102 Europe and the World, 1715 to the Present
    HIS 450 Senior Seminar in Historiography
  2. Completion of seven additional History courses.
  3. Completion of one of the following cognate courses from the humanities:
    Art History: all 200-level and higher courses
    English/English and Comparative Literature: all literature courses
    Philosophy: PHI 204, PHI 205, PHI 206
    Politics: POL 341, POL 342, POL 441
    Theatre: THE 210, THE 220, THE 305
    Women’s and Gender Studies: all 200-level and higher courses
  4. Completion of one of the following cognate courses from the social sciences:
    Economics: ECO 290, ECO 320, ECO 323, ECO 324, ECO 400, ECO 424, ECO 425, ECO 490
    Mathematics: MAT 111
    Politics: all 200-level and higher courses, not including POL 341, POL 342, POL 441
    Sociology: all 200-level and higher courses, not including SOC 303, SOC 304, SOC 402, SOC 405
  5. Completion of one semester of a foreign language at the 200-level or higher, or demonstration of equivalent proficiency.
  6. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. The 10 required History courses must cover the following geographic areas and time periods (a course can simultaneously satisfy both one area and time-period requirement): European (E), United States (A) and Latin American history (L); ancient or medieval (1), early modern (2), and modern (3). Fields covered by individual courses are indicated in the course descriptions found in Sec. 13.; the letter (E, A or L) indicates geographic field and while the number (1, 2 or 3) indicates chronological field. Some courses may cover more than one chronological field.
    3. At least half of the History courses must be at the upper level and include at least one 400-level History course beyond the HIS 450 requirement.
    4. Students are responsible for ensuring they have completed any required prerequisites for cognate courses.

B.A.L.S. in History (see Sec. 8.5.2. for a complete list of B.A.L.S. graduation requirements)

The requirements are identical to those for the B.A. in History (see above).

Minor in History (TU)

  1. Completion of one of the following courses:
    HIS 101 Foundations of the West
    HIS 102 Europe and the World, 1715 to the Present
  2. Completion of four additional History courses.

Minor in History (ADP)

The requirements are identical to those for the Minor in History (TU) (see above).