Department of History and Philosophy

Resources / Frequently Asked Questions

History and Philosophy F.A.Q.

  1. Where do History and Philosophy majors find jobs?
    Most liberal arts majors find employment in business. Skills in communication, research and critical thinking are of great value to employers. A recent report by NACE rated Philosophy as a top paying major.  In the same survey history was not far behind.  History and Philosophy majors are prepared for entrance into a number of professions including government service, work with non-governmental agencies and law. Contrary to popular opinion, the overwhelming majority of graduates in History and philosophy do not teach.
  2. How do I get more information about the History Education degree?
    Students who want general information about teaching History and Social Studies can make an appointment to see the History Education coordinator, Dr. Bryan McGovern. If you would like specific information about transferring to KSU or being admitted into History Education, please visit the Teacher Education Advisement Center in Kennesaw Hall, Suite 1314.

    Information for students applying for admission to History Education can be found under the Resources tab on this website.
  3. How do I declare my major?
    To declare or change your major, go on your Owl Express account under the "Registration and Student Records" tab. Select the 14th item down, "Request Change Degree Program." Complete the online form. Please keep checking your Owl Express transcript. In several days, your transcript will show your major (halfway down the transcript). Scroll down the page further to locate the name of your assigned adviser.
  4. How do I declare a minor?
    The department strongly recommends that majors declare a minor in a related field of study or complete a certificate program approved by their advisor. In History and History Education, the public history certificate offers opportunities to learn skills valuable for employment in museums, historic preservation and related fields.

    To declare a minor go on your Owl Express account under the "Registration and Student Records" tab. Select the 14th item down, "Request Change Degree Program." Complete the online form. Please keep checking your Owl Express transcript. In several days, your transcript will show your minor (halfway down the transcript). Scroll down the page further to locate the name of your assigned adviser.
  5. I took US History before transferring to KSU. Why does my record in Degree Works indicate that I have not met the US History requirement?
    Students must first determine, with the help of their advisors, whether internship credit will count towards their Communication degree. Internship credit may be earned as part of the Communication major in the Upper Division Major Elective area or in the Free Electives section. Up to nine hours of internship credit may be earned, but no more than 6 hours per semester. This is determined according to the number of hours students work each semester. The amount of hours of Upper Division Major Electives differs according to the concentration selected. See the Concentration Checklists for clarification.
  6. Is there a student organization for History Majors?
    Yes, the History Club is open to all students interested in History. For more information contact Dr. Brian Swain.
  7. Is there a student organization for students interested in Philosophy?
    Yes, the Philosophy Student Association sponsors lectures year round and an annual student conference. For more information contact Dr. David Jones.
  8. Is there an honor society for History Majors?
    Yes, Phi Alpha Theta has a KSU chapter. For more information, please contact Dr. Alice Pate. For additional information visit our website.
  9. How do I get into a class that is listed as “closed?”
    There are no overrides for full classes. You can add your name to the wait list. You will be notified by email if a seat becomes available.
  10. I plan to enroll in summer classes each semester to be certain I graduate on time. Is there anything I need to know about summer courses?
    Because faculty are not 12 month employees, courses offered in the summer must meet minimum enrollments. Generally, this means that we cannot offer 3000 and 4000 level courses during the summer months. If you need upper division courses, it’s best to enroll in a summer study abroad program, which offers credit in history or philosophy. You can also plan to take core classes in the summer.
  11. What do I do if I receive the error message “Departmental Approval Required” when I try to register?
    Complete the override request form on this website. Once we have your complete information you will be notified that you have been approved for enrollment.
  12. What if I get a “missing pre-req'” error message when I try to register for a class?
    Complete the override request form on this website. Once we have your complete information you will be notified that you have been approved for enrollment.
  13. What if I receive the error message “repeat restriction”?
    Students who have attempted a course twice may not enroll without departmental permission. Please complete the Repeat Override Restriction Request Form on the Department Website.
  14. Do I have to use my student email to contact faculty in the department?
    Yes. University policy requires that all official university business be completed using your student email (students.kennesaw.edu) Please check this email frequently for important messages about available courses, enrollment, graduation requirements, and changes to degree programs.
  15. What is the best resource for writing research papers in history and philosophy?
    All students should purchase the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style commonly known as Turabian. Style guides are also available online at:

    http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html
  16. I earned a “D” in a course required in the major? Will it count?
    No. You must repeat this course. Please note that you may only repeat a course twice for credit.
  17. How many courses should I take each semester if I plan to graduate in four years?
    In order to graduate in four years, students will need to enroll in at least five courses each semester. Since the Board of Regents suggests two hours of study for each hour spent in class, five courses will require approximately 30 hours of study each week not including class attendance. Full time study is full time work.
  18. If I plan to graduate this semester or next what should I do?
    Contact the Registrar’s office and petition to graduate as soon as you think it is possible. The Registrar’s office will complete a degree audit and note any deficiencies in Degree Works. Your advisor can assist you with this evaluation but the petition is the final word.
  19. Who is my advisor?
    Your advisor is assigned in Owl Express. Please always contact that faculty member to schedule an advising appointment. Please note that faculty are not usually on campus when classes are not in session or during the summer months when they are not paid. Full time faculty are expected to participate in professional service and research as well as teaching.
  20. Can I change my advisor?
    The department assigns advisors so that advising duties are distributed equally among the faculty. If you have a special request you may contact the department but it is unlikely changes can be approved without good cause.
  21. My advisor is unavailable. Can someone else help me?
    If your advisor is unavailable (i.e. summer semester, short notice) please make an appointment with the HSS Undergraduate Advising at http://uac.hss.kennesaw.edu. If you are a junior, remember to schedule an appointment with your advisor before early registration begins.
  22. Who can I meet with to learn more about internship opportunities?
    Please meet with your advisor to determine if your plan will meet requirements for the major. If your advisor agrees, please contact Dr. Jennifer Dickey who coordinates internships for the department.
  23. What is the Senior Thesis in History?
    The Senior Thesis is a capstone experience, which is an option for students needing a writing sample or planning to apply for professional or graduate school. Students meeting the minimum GPA requirements and prerequisites may enroll in two Senior Research Seminars or one Senior Research Seminar followed by Senior Thesis in their last year of study. Students must meet minimum GPA requirements and be approved by their advisor and the department before being given permission to enroll. Please see the guidelines and application forms under resources. Deadlines for application are 1 April and 1 November each year for the following academic term.