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June 06, 2012
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As a history major at Dalton State, you have three degree choices: (1) Associate of Arts in History; (2) Bachelor of Arts in History; and (3) Bachelor of Arts in History with Secondary Teacher Certification. Below you will find more information about each of the degrees and the requirements for graduation. Also feel free to contact your adviser for more information about these options.
The Associate Degree is designed for students who are thinking about transferring to a four year program at another institution. This option helps you to meet the requirements for the first two years of most bachelors' programs. Please note that it is usually up to you, the student, to find out if the credits you take at DSC will match the credits you need at another institution. An AA program should take you two years to complete, if you are a full time student and if you take 30 to 31 credit hours per academic year.
For more information on degree requirements, see the course catalog listing.
The Bachelor Degree is designed for those students interested in pursuing a career in the field of history such as working in an archive, working in a museum, or in any research-related field. It is also an excellent preparation for students considering law school or an advanced degree (Masters or Doctorate) in history. You are required to take at least fourteen 3000 and 4000-level courses in history. These courses are designed to help you understand more than facts. You will gain a better understanding of historical themes and interpretations. You will also gain knowledge about how historians research and write and how you too can use those practices to complete research projects. As a part of your course of study, you will be exposed to American history, European history and Non-Western history. A BA program should take you four years to complete, if you are a full time student and if you take 30 to 31 credit hours per academic year.
The Bachelor Degree with Teacher Certification is geared toward students who want to teach history or social studies in the high school setting. Designed in conjunction with the School of Education, this program provides students with a strong background in history so they can pass that knowledge on to their future students. It also provides access to the latest theories and practices on how to engage students in the classroom.
If you choose this program, you must apply to the School of Education for admission to the professional education classes (3000 and 4000-level courses). You will need complete (or be in the process of completing) your 2000-level education courses as well as have taken the GACE Basic Skills Assessment Test before you can apply. You can expect that once you begin the professional education courses, you have two years of classes remaining. Since in your last semester you will be completing your teaching internship, you will need to finish all your other degree requirements before that point. The program can be completed in four years if you take at least 30 to 33 credit hours per academic year. Please see the School of Education website for more information about program requirements, the application for admission, and important deadlines.