If you took the AP exam in American and/or World History and got a grade of 3, you will receive an exemption from one of the CORE E (Social Sciences) required courses in History.  You will still need to meet the Core E requirements with other courses or by taking the History courses.

If you received a 4 on the AP Exam, you will receive 3 hours credit and an exemption from either History 1111 or 1112 or 2111 or 2112, depending on the exam on which you received that score.  These courses count towards the credits you need to complete your degree in History, with the following exceptions: 

  • you will still need to take one course in the 1111-1112 World History sequence (if your AP credit is in World History) and/or
  • one course in the 2111-2112 American History sequence (if your AP credit is in American History). 

If you received a 5 on the exam you will receive 6 hours of credit for both of the core courses for the exam you took (i.e., 1111/1112 or 2111/2112) and and will meet the History core requirements for completion of the four survey courses.

A passing score on the U.S and Georgia History examination is required of all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from UWG, unless exempted by one of the following courses:

  • History 2111 (U.S. History to 1865),
  • History 2112 (U.S. from 1865) or
  • History 4474 (History of Georgia).

Students may choose to take an exemption examination given each semester by the Learning Support and Testing Center. Contact (678) 839-6435 for dates and to register. Students taking the examination are advised to study James Cobb, Georgia Odyssey (Athens: University of Georgia Press).  Copies of the book should be available in the UWG Bookstore or on Amazon..

Students majoring in Middle Grades or High School Social Studies must take History 4474 and are NOT exempt from the requirement.

UWG offers a degree in History with Secondary Education Certification.  You should look at the requirements here and talk to an advisor in the Department of History and the College of Education.

Another option would be to take our program in History with Broad Field Social Studies emphasis. Students completing this program still would be required to finish a fifth-year Education program or pass Georgia certification requirements, including Praxis II in Social Studies, to be licensed to teach in the state. Please look at the latest requirements posted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission

While you can choose to take a majority of your courses in one area, you will also take courses outside of that area.  That means that a maximum of 17-21 hours may be in one area.

Students majoring in History are required to take all four survey courses (two U.S. and two World), HIS 2302: Methodology (a course designed to introduce students to the practice of history and the ways historians work), and HIS 4484: Senior Seminar.  Specific requirements for the major will be found here.


The History Club sponsors a variety of activities: movie nights, daytrips to sites of historical interest, occasional sporting events, club dinners, and trivia-team competition at local restaurants. All students with an interest in history are welcome to become members. For more information, contact the History Club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Larry Rivers.

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Yes, the Department has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society to which Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students who meet the criteria are invited to join.  In addition, the College of Social Sciences has a chapter of the Social Science Honorary Society, Pi Gamma Mu, which Junior and Seniors meeting the requirements may be asked to join. Email the Phi Alpha Theta chapter advisor, Dr. Colleen Vasconcellos if you have any questions, or are interested in joining.

Each spring semester, the classes for the summer sessions will be posted on BANWEB.

Students have two options for Study Abroad.  

First, the Department of History hosts a Study Abroad program to France offering a chance for students to see History Where It Happened. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Lipp or Dr. Steve Goodson.

Students interested in study abroad, should contact the University Study Abroad Coordinator, Dr. Maria Doyle, mdoyle@westga.edu. The University System of Georgia has a number of programs for students.  Individual members of the History faculty also may offer study abroad courses.

Students in History classes generally are required to follow the most recent edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 

This manual is adapted from The Chicago Manual of Style. Sometimes, individual faculty will have other style sheets or allow students to use different formats. Faculty members DO require that students follow a particular style and that they are consistent with it.