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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 note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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.

9055 History Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – History

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


Area D: 

  • Recommended course: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Required Courses (12):
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
    • World language at the 2001 through 2002 level (6)
  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)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • HIST 1200 Introduction to the Middle East (1800 to the Present) (3)
    • HIST 2200 Women in American History (3)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • World language at the 1002 level (3)
  • 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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