History

About History

History is the study of past events, people and eras. The discipline involves research, reading and writing, with an emphasis on interpreting and analyzing information. The history program at Valdosta State University is a good choice for students interested in the discipline who want to broaden their educational horizons and prepare for a number of careers or graduate school.

History at Valdosta State University

Students in the history program at Valdosta State enjoy small upper-level classes and have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, who are actively engaged in research and writing and regularly attend and present at national conferences. Students have numerous opportunities to strengthen their studies outside the classroom through organizations like Phi Alpha Theta, an international honor society for history students, and by participating in internships at historical sites, museums and other discipline-related venues. The department offers numerous study abroad opportunities in which faculty and students travel to locales around the world to broaden their horizons and enrich their classroom experience.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Minors

  • History

About the History Curriculum

B.A.

The undergraduate history curriculum at Valdosta State spans time and covers all areas of the world, with a special focus on American history, Georgia history and the history of the southern region of the United States. Students also receive a strong foundation in the history of other regions of the world including South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. During the course of their studies, history students learn about major political and social developments in history, develop superior oral and written communication skills, and hone their critical analysis and historical interpretation skills. Outstanding students may qualify for the honors track.

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Minor

The history minor requires 15 hours of coursework in upper-level courses and is a good choice for students interested in learning more about certain periods in history.

M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in history is designed to provide students with advanced instruction and training in the areas of United States, European, Latin American and Middle Eastern history. During the course of their studies, graduate students complete historical research projects utilizing library resources and computer and information technology. The program equips students with the knowledge, skills and values required for professional careers in history and prepares qualified students for doctoral study in the discipline. A graduate degree in history is also good preparation for other professional schools, including business school or law school.

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Careers*

  • Archivist
  • Community relations professional
  • Congressional aide
  • Consumer advocate
  • Diplomat
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Editor
  • Federal investigator
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • Historic site professional
  • Information manager
  • Intelligence agent
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative staff member
  • Librarian
  • Literary agent
  • Litigation support staff member
  • Lobbyist
  • Market research analyst
  • Museum professional
  • Museum specialist
  • News correspondent
  • Nonprofit professional
  • Paralegal
  • Park ranger
  • Political scientist
  • Public policy specialist
  • Publishing executive
  • Records manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social services administrator

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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