Bachelor of Science in History, Technology, and Society
The bachelor's degree in History, Technology, and Society (BSHTS) 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.
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.
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 Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the term in which the thesis is written).