What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

History Pathway, A.A.

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.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The History pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



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.


Online Programs

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches
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Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Alpharetta Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Adam Stone
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Administrative Assistant
Karon Edge-Fitzpatrick
Alpharetta Campus
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Clarkston Campus

Interim Chair & Associate History, Political Science & African American Studies
George Vargis
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Administrative Assistant
Shaiman Hussain
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Decatur Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Mark Flowers
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Administrative Assistant
Donna McLean
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Dunwoody Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Crystal Garrett
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Administrative Assistant
Charlene Bearden
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Newton Campus

Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Salli Vargis
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Administrative Assistant
Lakita Williams
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Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Marc Zayac
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Administrative Assistant
Johnetta Hawkins
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The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.