Because history focuses on change, social complexity, and culture, it forms a strong complement to other programs at UGA that explore similiar questions. Many history courses already count toward minors and certificates in different interdisciplinary programs, and you can count on a lot of cross-pollination if you pursue one of these tracks alongside history:
As the oldest and the most diverse continent in the World, Africa provides one of the best venues for the study of the human and nature relationships especially with the impact of issues such as urbanization, deforestation, soil erosion, climate change and wildlife conservation. The diversity of the continent is highlighted in every aspect of life: the people, the languages, the vegetation, the political traditions, the economic practices, the belief systems, world views and so on. The Minor or Certificate in African Studies provides students with an understanding of this unique and diverse continent. This will not only heighten the students’ sensitivity to the changing nature of the world but it will also improve their comprehension of globalization and interrelationships of all human history and culture.
The Institute for African American Studies (AFAM) draws upon a variety of traditions in Africana Studies and engages fields across the humanities, social sciences, and education. The faculty are united in its mission of promoting the study of people of African descent and their experiences throughout the Diaspora; promoting the field of African American Studies as a major academic discipline; and serving as a repository for cultural and historical research. The Institute's vision, like its mission and objectives, is grounded in the black intellectual tradition, building on the ideas of scholars such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Langston Hughes, Carter G. Woodson, Ida B. Wells, and others who believed in the systematic study of the black experience. From this base, it continues to explore new ways of understanding black life and experience through performance studies, transatlantic studies, visual culture, and music.
The Center for Asian Studies promotes research, teaching, and service on international and cross-cultural issues and problems in Asia. It exists to nurture and guide academic programs and exchanges, primarily on Asia, for students, faculty, and appropriate staff members. While these programs focus on language and area studies, they also involve students and faculty from law, business, agriculture, education, journalism, veterinary medicine, as well as the arts and sciences.
Digital humanists ask: how are digital technologies are impacting our humanity, and how can digital technologies be used to better explore our humanity? In digital humanities, the emphasis is typically on "building things" — digital archives, web applications, mobile applications — though the things are not an end in themselves but a means of advancing humanistic knowledge and making it available to the public. DIGI brings together courses taught across a range of humanities disciplines, including English, History, Classics, Geography, Romance Languages, Theater and Film, Historic Preservation, Art, and Music, and they are always taught in a “collaboratory” model, involving students as true partners in research projects. Humanities majors have always been recognized, including by prospective employers across the country, for their unique skillsets — an ability to read closely, master large amounts of complex information, and communicate with clarity and verve — but they have occasionally had a tougher time convincing employers that they are ready to “plug in,” especially when it comes to key technical skills. A DIGI certificate helps them make the best of both arguments.
UGA's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute is a coalition of over 150 affiliates from all of UGA’s colleges and professional schools. LACSI promotes research, education, and service & outreach related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Latinos. The LACS academic programs are all broad-based and multidisciplinary, offering students a comprehensive perspective on the region and opportunities to explore targeted areas of interest. Course offerings represent a variety of fields, including: African-American Studies, agricultural leadership, anthropology, history, international affairs, journalism and mass communication, literature and culture, music, sociology, and theater. LACS programs also include substantial language training in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua, and/or French. Students may earn: a major (Bachelor of Arts), minor, and both undergraduate and graduate certificates in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
The Institute of Native American Studies promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of America’s first peoples, with classes in indigenous law, archaeology, history, religion, literature, and public health. Students who choose to focus in this area will receive a Certificate of Native American Studies along with a degree in their primary major.
Regardless of their major, students of the medieval period have discovered that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary to achieve understanding and expertise in their area of study, ranging across Arabic, Art and Architecture, Classics, Comp Lit, English, French, German, History, Philosophy, and Religion. Through the UGA Medieval Studies Program, undergraduate students can establish an interdisciplinary concentration leading to the Certificate in Medieval Studies while completing their degree in one of the established departments.
Through the completion of this program, undergraduate students will gain historical, cultural, political, and linguistic knowledge of Europe. Transnational European Studies encourages students to think both broadly and critically as they develop language skills and intercultural competency, exploring European cultures in their diversity and history.
The Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender. In the past 30 years, feminist scholars have contributed to the reinterpretation of existing data and to the presentation of new knowledge about the diversity of women’s experiences. Through course work and outreach, the Institute for Women’s Studies offers students an opportunity to explore women’s lives in global and multicultural contexts.