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.

APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1712Mathematics for Management II4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
Core C - Humanities
Modern Language 6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Introduction to Linear Algebra
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
HTS Electives 29
Core F - Courses Related to Major
Select one of the following: 33
Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
The Global Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
HTS Elective 33
Select one of the following: 33
Europe Since the Renaissance
Revolutionary Europe: 1789-1914
Twentieth Century Europe: 1914 to Present
History of Islamic Societies
History of the Modern Middle East
Traditional Asia and Its Legacy
Asia in the Modern World
Ancient Greece: Gods, Heroes, and RuinS
Ancient Rome: From Greatness to Ruins
Medieval Europe: 350 to 1400
European Labor History
Modern European Intellectual History
Medieval England
Britain from 1815-1914
Britain Since 1914
The French Revolution
Modern France
Modern Spain
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Science, Poliltics, and Culture in Nazi Germany
Modern Russian History
Women and the Politics of Gender in the Middle East
Globalization in the Modern Era
Modern China
Modern Japan
Outposts of Empire: Comparative History of British
Sociology of Development
History of Global Societies
Modern Cuba
HTS 2101Historical and Social Research 33
HIST 2111The United States to 1877 1,33
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology 33
Major Requirements
Select three of the following: 39
Engineering in History
Introduction to the History of Disease and Medicine
The Scientific Revolution
Technology and Science in the Industrial Age
Technology and Society
Sci, Tech & Modern World
American Economic History
Sociology of Work, Industry, and Occupations
Gender and Technology
Women in Science and Engineering
Science, Poliltics, and Culture in Nazi Germany
History of Rocketry
Technology and the Environment
Sociology of Science
Technology and the Shaping of American Society
Culture and Technology
Law, Technology, and Politics
Sociology of Medicine and Health
History of Medicine
Race, Medicine & Science
Sceince, Technology and Sports
Select 8 credit hours of the following: 38
Seminar in United States History
Seminar in Sociology
Seminar in European History
Seminar in Asian History
Seminar in History of Technology
Seminar in Health, Medicine, and Society
Seminar in Global Issues
HTS Electives12
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.


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


Any HTS course that carries a Social Science attribute.


Minimum grade of C required.


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


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.

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).