MGA Expands Bachelor’s Degree in History to Cochran Campus

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 3:23 PM
Categories: College of Arts and Sciences | Pressroom


Macon, GA


Middle Georgia State University will soon make all courses required to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History available at the Cochran Campus.

Dr. Matthew Zimmerman, chair of the Department of History and Political Science, said that beginning spring 2017, students on the Cochran Campus will have the opportunity to earn the four-year degree through taking face-to-face courses with faculty on site. They will not have to travel to any of the University’s other locations to complete the program.

The Bachelor of Arts in History was one of the degrees offered by the former Macon State College, which in 2013 consolidated with Middle Georgia College based in Cochran to become what is now Middle Georgia State University.

History courses that are part of the core curriculum have always been available on the Cochran Campus. This new development means that upper-division courses – those generally taken in the junior and seniors years – will also be available.

“We’ve been working hard to expand access to the history degree and it’s about to pay off,” Zimmerman said. “Our students on the Cochran Campus will have the same opportunities to interact with the history faculty, engage in related student life activities and participate in internship programs.”

The History Student Organization is one of the most active clubs on the Macon Campus, and Zimmerman hopes that history majors based on the Cochran Campus will develop a chapter.

“The History Student Organization hosts guest speakers, sponsors movie viewings and discussions and organizes field trips,” Zimmerman said. “Some of those activities are open to the public, so a Cochran Campus chapter would also benefit the community.”

Middle Georgia State University’s Bachelor of Arts in History offers two tracks: traditional and secondary education. The traditional track is aimed at students interested in careers in the arts, law, government and community service, historical interpretation and museum work, as well as graduate study. The secondary education track prepares students to teach history at the high school level.

Students in both tracks study primary historical sources extensively and learn to read critically and write analytically. Some of the degree program’s core courses are available online.

For more information, email Dr. Andrew Reeves at andrew.reeves1@mga.edu or Zimmerman at matthew.zimmerman@mga.edu. The History and Political Science department’s webpage is at http://www.mga.edu/arts-sciences/hist-pols/default.aspx.

Middle Georgia State University has campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.

Photo: Dr. Andrew Reeves of #MGA's history faculty talks to a student on the Cochran Campus.