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What Is History?

History is a branch of knowledge developed by studying, analyzing and interpreting the human past. It is the repository of mankind’s collective memory and experience.  Historians examine the past to understand the present. They investigate documents to explain how the contemporary world came about and provide context for evaluating present-day societies’ political actions, ideas and cultures.

Why Study History?

Taking History courses provides more than interesting stories; it reveals patterns explaining current political actions, ideas or cultures. Understanding what is going on in the world today depends on understanding what’s happened in the past. Troubles in the Middle East, the fight for human rights and religious intolerance are conflicts dating back thousands of years. Perimeter College history courses provide in-depth study of issues, providing the background for knowledgeable decisions and rational life choices.

A foundation in history can open the door to roles in a variety of career areas:  

  • Advocacy
  • Archiving
  • Archaeology
  • Communication
  • Curating
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Paralegal work
  • Religious work
  • Research and writing
  Job and wage information about historians is available on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site. Additional information about history as a major or career can be found on the American Historical Association website. Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for additional salary and job information on a wide range of occupations.

1955 History Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – History

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)


Area D: 
  • Recommended course: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  1. Required Courses (12 Credit Hours):
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • World language at the 2001 through 2002 level (6 Credit Hours)
  2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 / HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1200 Introduction to the Middle East (1800 to the Present) (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 2200 Women in American History (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
    • World language at the 1002 level (3 Credit Hours)
  • See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.


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