Bachelor of Science in History, Technology, and Society

The bachelor's degree in History, Technology, and Society (BS-HTS) is comparable to traditional degrees in history and sociology, but has several attributes that make it unique and give our students an edge over other liberal arts majors. A degree in HTS requires broad-based training in humanities, mathematics, computing, science, and social sciences, giving our majors a truly rigorous and broad education. The program's focus on global issues related to the origin and impact of technology and science is also distinctive, providing students with the critical tools needed to understand the development of the modern world. Students earning a degree in HTS may participate in both the International Plan and the Research Option, which enhance the undergraduate experience. Finally, the HTS curriculum allows one of the largest numbers of free electives of any major at Georgia Tech, giving our students a chance to pursue minor degrees, certificates, and other interests that prepare them for the broadest possible range of careers, from government and politics to law and medicine to journalism and business.

Wellness
APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Intro to Computing3
or CS 1315 Intro Media Computation
Core C - Humanities
Modern Language 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics 64
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Intro to Linear Algebra
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
HTS Electives 29
Core F - Courses Related to Major
Select one of the following: 33
Economics and Policy
The Global Economy
Prin of Macroeconomics
Prin of Microeconomics
HTS Elective 33
Select one of the following: 33
Europe Since Renaissance
Revolutionary Europe
20th Century Europe
Hist Islamic Societies
Hist-Modern Middle East
Traditional Asia
Asia in the Modern World
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Medieval Europe
European Labor History
Europe Intellectual Hist
Medieval England
Britain 1815-1914
Britain Since 1914
French Revolution
Modern France
Modern Spain
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany-Holocaust
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
Modern Russian History
Women&Gender-Middle East
Globalization Modern Era
Modern China
Modern Japan
British Colonization
Sociology of Development
Hist Global Societies
Modern Cuba
HTS 2101Research Methods 33
HIST 2111United States to 1877 1,33
or HIST 2112 United States since 1877
SOC 1101Intro to Sociology 33
Major Requirements
Select three of the following: 39
Engineering in History
Intro Hist Disease & Med
Scientific Revolution
Tech& Sci-Industrial Age
Technology and Society
Sci, Tech & Modern World
American Economic Hist
Soc of Work and Industry
Gender and Technology
Women in Science & Engr
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
History of Rocketry
Tech and Environment
Sociology of Science
Tech & American Society
Culture & Technology
Law,Technology& Politics
Soc of Medicine & Health
History of Medicine
Race Medicine & Science
Science Tech & Sports
Select 8 credit hours of the following: 38
Seminar in US History
Seminar in Sociology
Seminar in European Hist
Seminar in Asian History
Seminar in Hist of Tech
Sem Health Med & Society
Seminar Global Issues
HTS Elective3
HTS Specialization Electives9
Select three classes from one of the following specialization groups:
U.S. Society
Early American History
American Revolution
Hist-Old South to 1865
History of the New South
The Gilded Age
Modern America
History Sports America
North Amer Borderlands
Reel History I
American Economic Hist
Hist-American Business
Amer Environmental Hist
United States Labor Hist
The American Civil War
City in American Hist
Urban Sociology
History of Vietnam War
Women & Gender in U.S.
Religions & Cults in US
Family&Sexuality in U.S.
Gender and Sports
Free People of Color
African-Amer His to 1865
Afr-Amer Hist since 1865
Race and Ethnicity
Civil Rights Movement
Social Movements
Culture and Society
Sociology of Sports
Tech & American Society
Intro To Museum Studies
Global Studies
Europe Since Renaissance
Revolutionary Europe
20th Century Europe
Hist Islamic Societies
Hist-Modern Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Traditional Asia
Asia in the Modern World
Sci, Tech & Modern World
Medieval Europe
European Labor History
Europe Intellectual Hist
Medieval England
Britain 1815-1914
Britain Since 1914
French Revolution
Modern France
Modern Spain
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany-Holocaust
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
Modern Russian History
Women&Gender-Middle East
Globalization Modern Era
Modern China
Modern Japan
British Colonization
Sociology of Development
Hist Global Societies
Revolutionary Movement
Modern Cuba
Politics, Economics, and Innovation
Engineering in History
Soc Issues&Public Policy
Sci, Tech & Modern World
American Economic Hist
Hist-American Business
Soc of Econ Institutions
United States Labor Hist
Soc of Work and Industry
European Labor History
Sociology of Development
Soc-Politics & Society
Social Movements
History of Rocketry
Tech & American Society
Culture & Technology
Law,Technology& Politics
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Engineering in History
Intro Hist Disease & Med
Scientific Revolution
Tech& Sci-Industrial Age
Technology and Society
Sci, Tech & Modern World
Gender and Technology
Women in Science & Engr
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
History of Rocketry
Tech and Environment
Sociology of Science
Tech & American Society
Culture & Technology
Law,Technology& Politics
Soc of Medicine & Health
History of Medicine
Race Medicine & Science
Science Tech & Sports
Communities, Environment, and Sustainability
Amer Environmental Hist
City in American Hist
Urban Sociology
Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Development
Sociology of Crime
Sociology of Education
Tech and Environment
Power, Inequality, and Social Justice
Soc Issues&Public Policy
United States Labor Hist
Class,Power & Inequality
City in American Hist
Urban Sociology
Women & Gender in U.S.
Sociology of Gender
Gender and Technology
Women in Science & Engr
Gender and Sports
Free People of Color
African-Amer His to 1865
Afr-Amer Hist since 1865
Race and Ethnicity
Civil Rights Movement
European Labor History
Women&Gender-Middle East
Revolutionary Movement
Social Movements
Sociology of Crime
Sociology of Education
Culture and Society
History Sports America
Reel History I
Gender and Sports
Sci Pol Culture Nazi Ger
Culture and Society
Sociology of Sports
Culture & Technology
Intro To Museum Studies
Custom Specialization 6
Non-Major Cluster
Non-Major Cluster 4,512
Free Electives
Free Electives 518
Total Credit Hours122

Pass/fail: Students can do pass/fail for HTS electives, non-major cluster, and free electives. However, students who complete at least 91 credit hours at Georgia Tech are limited to 6 pass/fail credit hours in HTS electives and students who complete less than 90 credit hours at Tech are limited to 3 pass/fail credit hours in HTS electives.

All courses in the HTS core must be taken for a letter grade and the student must earn a C or better.

One grade of D (three credits) is allowed in HTS electives.

1

This must be a different class from that used to satisfy the Legislative Requirement.

2

Any HTS course that carries a Social Science attribute.

3

Minimum grade of C required.

4

12 credits required in either the same prefix or part of a coherent theme. Please consult with advisor on course selection.

5

Free Electives and Non-Major Cluster electives can be satisfied with a minor, certificate, or other coursework. Please consult with the advisor on course selection.

6

In consultation with an advisor, students choose three HTS classes with a coherent theme that is not reflected in the other seven pre-approved areas of specialization.

7

 Please see an advisor for additional Math sequence options for Core D Math requirement.

International Plan

This degree program combines the traditional benefits of an HTS degree with the additional benefits of international education. The School of History and Sociology strongly encourages study abroad programs and believes that international experiences greatly enhance one's undergraduate education.

The number of credit hours needed for this degree (BS in History, Technology, and Society-International Plan, or BSHTS-IP) is the same as for the traditional bachelor's degree in HTS. However, the International Plan (IP) degree has different requirements. These requirements are discussed briefly in the next paragraph. In most cases, HTS majors will be able to use their non-major cluster and free-elective hours to fulfill the HTS-IP requirements.

There are two IP tracks:

  • the English Language Option and
  • the Foreign Language Option.

The HTS degree supports both options, which the Institute deems to be equal in difficulty and value. Both tracks require a total of twenty-six weeks in residence in a specific foreign country or region. These weeks must be accumulated in one or two trips abroad; any combination of coursework, research, internship, or work may apply to this twenty-six week total, given the approval of the advisor. Both IP tracks require a minimum of twelve credit hours in one foreign language and demonstration of proficiency in that language. Both require participants to take a cluster of courses from a menu of IP-designated electives; both require completion of a capstone course, which will be offered through the HTS degree program.

For more complete information, see the official Institute IP website through Georgia Tech's Office of International Education.

Office of International Education

Research Option

The School of History and Sociology Research Option allows students to incorporate additional research, writing, and presentation experiences into the HTS major program of study. Students interested in going on to graduate or professional school are encouraged to consider the research option, which allows a student to complete a significant scholarly work for presentation at a professional conference and/or publication.

In addition to the courses required of all HTS majors, including eight credit hours of research seminars and the three-credit HTS research methods course, students enrolled in the Research Option will also complete six hours of supervised individual undergraduate research and two 1-hour writing courses: LMC 4701 (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 (taken during the term in which the thesis is written).