Majors and Minors

Consider a major or minor in history at Agnes Scott. Learn about other times and places, on the basis of the documents, objects, pictures and sounds that generations have left behind. You’ll engage in a variety of approaches to the past and explore different methods of historical practice. As you investigate and analyze history, you’ll strengthen your skills as a reader, writer, speaker, critical thinker and researcher.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a History major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • seek, find, evaluate and utilize primary sources and secondary historical literature;
  • develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work;
  • apply knowledge and critical interpretation of the past to an understanding of crucial aspects of one’s own cultural and historical background, as well as the backgrounds of others;
  • describe and analyze current developments within historical contexts;
  • apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

Requirements for the History Major

  • History 290, 420  
  • One course with a number below 290 
  • At least six additional courses, five of which must be above the 200 level 

Courses chosen for the major must include one course from at least three of the following five groups. At least two of these groups must be satisfied with a course at the 300 level.

  • African history: 251, 257, 350, 359
  • Asian history: 113, 114, 115, 230, 352, 354, 360, 362, 396
  • European history: 101, 102, 217, 220, 280, 305, 309, 311, 312, 313, 314, 318, 343, 347, 397
  • Middle Eastern history: 107, 207, 307, 308
  • United States history: 108, 109, 242, 245, 252, 255, 260, 320, 323, 324, 325, 326, 334, 338, 342, 375, 385

A major in history requires the completion of at least 36 credits of work in history. Cross-listed courses taught outside the department may not be used to satisfy the minimum requirements for the major.  

Requirements for the History Minor 

A minor in history must contain at least 24 credits of work in history, at least 12 of which must be above the 200 level. The program must reflect a degree of thoughtful planning and coherence and must have the approval of the department chair.