Department of History
Armstrong Atlantic State University
program in History at Armstrong Atlantic State University is
designed to achieve a number of learning outcomes. Upon graduation,
the successful degree candidate will have demonstrated mastery
of the learning outcomes outlined below.
students at AASU take introductory history courses as part of
the core curriculum, including one Civilization course and a
course taught by either History or Political Science faculty
entitled Political History of America and Georgia. The History
Department also offers three additional core curriculum courses:
American History to 1877, American History Since 1865, and Ethics
and Values in History. These are the only courses that most
students will take and serve to introduce majors to the discipline.
Although expected to work within clearly articulated chronological
or thematic guidelines, instructors are given wide latitude
in defining the specific thematic and analytical content of
these courses. Instructors introduce students to primary and
secondary sources and a variety of media including texts and
audio/visual materials. The courses present vocabulary and
arguments that introduce students to the interconnections between
culture, society, economics, and politics.
One: Command of Historical Content
will demonstrate command of a body of knowledge in American
and World History by reading, interpreting, and discussing historical
events and data within a meaningful chronological context.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with common themes, including
demographic change, population migration, social organization
and change, economic organization and change, scientific and
technological developments, religious movements, urbanization,
the rise of industrialism, political evolution and state formation,
intellectual and ideological development, geographical regions
and environmental factors, cultural and cross-cultural currents,
imperialism and post colonialism, and globalization.
Two: Historical Analysis
will demonstrate historical mindedness through appreciation
of the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions
of human experience, comprehension of causal relationships and
patterns of change and continuity over time, and awareness of
the social significance of ethnicity, gender, race, and class
in historical events and study.
Three: Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing
will demonstrate familiarity with the uses and problems of interpretation
associated with primary and secondary sources by writing essays
and engaging in group discussions of issues pertaining to historical
narratives and sources.
Topics for Specific Survey Courses
I (HIST 1111):
and nature of early civilizations.
valley civilizations (Nile, Indus, Mesopotamia, Yellow/Yangzi.
of tension between nomadic and civilized societies.
philosophy and the humanistic tradition.
and Chinese classical philosophy.
humanistic tradition in the Latin West from Classical
Greece through the Renaissance.
humanistic tradition in Tang and Song China.
of World Religions.
development of political institutions.
(e.g. sacerdotal kingship, the mandate of heaven).
theory of state (e.g. polis, res publica) and Nationhood.
- The global
economy and social change.
technology (East and West).
exchange and the rise of the merchant class.
affect of thePax Mongolica.
Italian commercial revolution.
conservative backlash of Ming China.
and the Americas and the encounter with the West.
II (HIST 1112):
to the Modern World.
of discovery and exploration; the Columbian Exchange.
Reformations: Protestant and Catholic.
modernization and the rise of the nation state.
Revolution and Napoleon.
and spread of representative government.
of Italy and Germany.
and early European colonization.
and technological Advances.
science and Social Darwinism.
in weapons, transportation, and communications.
of industrialization and nationalism.
on, and responses in, Africa, the Middle East, East and
Great Depression and the rise of Totalitarianism.
of former colonies
of political reforms and economic interdependence.
and Values in History (HIST 2000):
and practices comprising ethics or moral philosophy as related
to specified historical topics or eras.
- The meaning
and operation of ethics and values as expressed in cultural
texts, including fiction, non-fiction, art, music, and material
historical significance of race, gender, and class
and values in relation to multiculturalism and globalization.
progress in relation to science and technology.
relativism and ethnocentrism.
History of America and Georgia (HIST 1100):
origins of the thirteen American colonies and their political
and consequences of the American Revolution
and political developments in relation to early nationalism.
expansionism, and the sectional crisis in the United States.
- The origins
and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
of the industrial age and its social, economic, and political
of World War I and the United States’ emergence as a world
- The 1920s
and the causes of the Great Depression.
- The New
Deal and the development of the American welfare system.
effects of World War II on American politics and society.
- The rise
and impact of the Civil Rights and Women’s movements.
American political developments.
of America to 1877 (HIST 2111):
exploration of the new world and the Columbian Exchange.
colonization and its political, economic, and social effects.
and politics in eighteenth-century America and the causes
of the American Revolution.
of the Constitution and the American political system.
and expansion of Slavery.
of sectionalism and nineteenth-century reform movements.
Destiny and the causes of the Civil War.
War and Reconstruction.
of America Since 1865 (HIST 2112):
and its legacy in the United States.
expansion, the rise of big business, and the Populist movement.
and Dollar Diplomacy.
- The social
and political impact of Progressivism.
War I and its impact on American politics and society.
- The Roaring
and effects of the Great Depression and the rise of the New
- The effects
of World War II on American society.
- The effects
of the Cold War on American foreign and domestic affairs.
and effects of the Civil Rights and Women’s movements and
- The Vietnam
American political, social, and cultural developments.
by the diagrams that follow, requirements for the major differ
slightly according to the degree selected. Students enrolled
in the B. A. in History degree take six upper division history
courses and one public history course. Students enrolled in
B. A. in
History with Teacher Certification take six upper division history
courses (two American, two European, and two Non-Western), substituting
one Seminar for an upper division course because they are required
to take a Secondary Social Science Education Methods course
instead of the capstone Seminar. The B. A. in History program
of study includes three capstone courses: Research Seminar
in Historical Methods, American or European Historiography,
and a Seminar in History. The B. A. in History with Teacher
Certification Program also includes a Secondary Social Science
Education Methods course.
B. A. in History at AASU
Research Seminar in
American or European Historiography
Four Social Science and/or Humanities Courses
Upper Division History Courses
One Public History Course
HIST 3500 Foundations of Historical Studies
American & Georgia
HIST 1111 Civilization I
HIST 1112 Civilization II
HIST 2111 History of America to 1877
HIST 2112 History of America Since 1865
HIST 2000 Ethics & Values in History (optional)
B. A. in History with Teacher Certification at AASU
Secondary School Curriculum & Methods Social Science
HIST 4500 Research Seminar in Historical Methods
Two approved Geography Courses
Six Upper Division History Courses:
Two American, Two European,
(must include a Seminar)
courses from an approved Social Science field
HIST 3500 Foundations of Historical Studies
American & Georgia Political History
HIST 1111 Civilization I
HIST 1112 Civilization II
HIST 2111 or 2112
History of America to 1877 or Since 1865
HIST 2111 or 2112
History of America to 1877 or Since 1865 (optional)
Ethics & Values in History(optional)
for Foundations of Historical Studies (HIST 3500)
course is a prerequisite or corequisite for upper division history
courses required of the major. Instructors select topics, themes,
or historical eras within their own expertise and introduce
students to the knowledge and skills appropriate to the professional
study of history, including research techniques through the
use of libraries, the internet, and archives, the use of primary
and secondary materials relevant to historical analysis and
knowledge, and the application of historical theory. Students
are evaluated on the quality of their research, validity of
their arguments, and persuasiveness of their written and oral
One: Demonstrate ability to access historical data and
information through libraries, archives, the internet, or
Two: Demonstrate computer and technology skills appropriate
to the discipline.
Three: Demonstrate ability to evaluate textual, oral,
quantitative, and multimedia evidence.
Four: Demonstrate ability to exchange information and
ideas and deliver arguments persuasively through oral and
Five: Demonstrate ability to construct historical narratives
based on primary and secondary sources.
Six: Adhere strictly to high ethical standards while
creating oral and written presentations, including full citation
Standards for Intermediate Courses
part of the program for history majors consists of intermediate-level
courses. These courses combine lecture and discussion in presenting
in-depth analysis of specific topics and historical themes.
Because the nature of research material and intellectual approaches
to these courses will vary, instructors are allowed wide latitude
regarding their pedagogical approaches and selection of source
One: Demonstrate mastery of subject matter in each course,
including specified topics, themes, and other historical data.
Two: Demonstrate familiarity with the problems of interpretation
associated with the use of primary and secondary sources.
Three: Participate actively in group discussions dealing
with topics and issues in specified historical fields.
Four: Create, organize, and support in written form historical
theses or arguments as relevant to the subject matter specified
in each course.
Five: Identify and document all evidence used in the
construction of written narratives and oral presentations.
Six: Use effectively resources such as the library, the
internet, archives, and oral interviews, and demonstrate computer
skills appropriate to the discipline.
Seven: Demonstrate interdisciplinary awareness by critiquing
and using material from other fields such as geography, economics,
political science, art history, literature, psychology, and
anthropology, as appropriate to area of specialization.
Eight: Demonstrate commitment to the professional values
of the discipline by free and open inquiry into ethics and
values in all fields of historical study, strict adherence
to high standards of fidelity to evidence, and tolerance for
alternative points of view and approaches to historical knowledge.
for Research Seminar in Historical Methods
Seminar in Historical Methods is a capstone course required
of the major that builds upon the skills and knowledge that
students acquire in the Foundations course and at the intermediate
level. Instructors or students select topics, themes, or historical
eras within their own expertise. Students write a major research
paper in which they demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and
skills appropriate to the professional study of history, including
research techniques through the use of libraries, the internet,
and archives, analysis of primary and secondary materials in
support of a well-developed thesis, and application of relevant
historical theory. Students are evaluated on the quality of
their research, validity of their arguments, and persuasiveness
of their written and oral presentations.
One: Develop an original project with a clear thesis.
Two: Access data and information in libraries, archives,
oral interviews, or other repositories of primary and secondary
sources including the internet.
Three: Write and professionally document an extended
historical narrative that combines data, information, previous
narrative, and theoretical constructions.
Four: Deliver an oral presentation that summarizes the
results of the research project.
for American or European Historiography
One: Demonstrate familiarity with the ways that individual
historians and schools of historians during different periods
of history have viewed the writing of history.
Two: Write historical narratives that explicate select
historiographical themes and issues.
Three: Deliver an oral presentation related to a select
historiographical theme, school of history, or major historian.
for Seminar in History
One: Conduct a detailed analysis of a specific problem,
theme, or topic in history.
If colloquium format utilized by instructor, write several
critical essays related to extensive readings on specified
problem, theme, or topic.
If research format utilized by instructor, write and professionally
document an extended historical narrative that combines
data, information, previous narrative, and theoretical constructions,
with appropriate documentation.
for Secondary Social Science Curriculum and Methods
One: Identify current issues in Secondary Social Science
education and American public education.
Two: Demonstrate teaching methods, strategies, and techniques
suitable for Social Studies instruction.
Three: Evidence command of mandated standards of knowledge
and performance by successful completion of the Praxis II
Test in Social Studies prior to Student Teaching internship.
Four: Display appropriate professional demeanor toward
students and subject matter.
Five: Achieve familiarity with routines and practices
of the Secondary Social Studies classroom through field visitations.