Department of History
Location: 200 Archer Building, Phone: 409.880.8511
Chair: (Interim) Mary Scheer
It is the purpose of the Department of History to impart a knowledge and understanding of the past to the students enrolled in the university. This objective is based upon the belief that such knowledge and understanding improve the quality of life of individuals and contribute to the welfare of our society. The department seeks to accomplish this objective through a program of continued study and research by its members and its students. Research interests of the department encompass the world.
Bachelor of Arts in History -120 hrs
Minor in History -18 hrs Teacher Certification in History 8-12
Master of Arts in History
The degree of Bachelor of Arts in History will be awarded upon the completion of the following requirements:
- General Requirements: See Philosophy of Knowledge Core Curriculum, section 6.1.4. In addition, students must complete a foreign language, which substitutes for the communication requirement in the core, and 3 semester hours in literature.
- Major: HIST 3321, 3322 -World History — six semester hours. HIST 1301, 1302 -American History Surveys — six semester hours. HIST 3390 -Historical Research — three semester hours. Advanced United States History — six semester hours (4000 level). Advanced World (Non-United States) History — six semester hours (4000 level).
- Minor: An approved minor of at least eighteen semester hours.
- Electives: Sufficient approved electives to complete a total of 120 semester hours. Within the 120-semester-hour program there must be a minimum of at least 119 semester hours of courses that may not include physical activity courses, health and wellness courses, and intern program courses.
Recommended Minimum Program of Study
|First Semester||Second Semester|
|HIST 1301||3||HIST 1302||3|
|MATH (1314)||3||MATH 2||3|
|ELEM LANG I 1||3||ELEM LANG II||3|
|SOCIAL SCIE 3||3||PHIL 1370||3|
|HIST 3321||3||HIST 3322||3|
|ENGL LIT||3||ENGL LIT||3|
|INTERM LANG I||3||INTERM LANG II||3|
|POLS 2301||3||POLS 2302||3|
|HIST 3390||3||HIST (ADV WORL)||3|
|HIST (ADV AMER)||3||MINOR||3|
|FINE ART 4||3||MINOR||3|
|HIST (ADV AMER)||3||HIST (adv Am/Wor)||3|
|MINOR||3||HIST (ADV WORL)||3|
|(120 Total hours)|
|NOTES: 1 French, Spanish, German, or ASL 2 Math courses: 1316, 1324, 1325, or any higher level course except 1335 or 1336.
3 Social Science courses: Anth 2346; Anth 2351; Econ 1301; Psyc 2301; or Soci 1301.
4 Fine Arts courses: Arts 1301; Danc 2304; Huma 1315; Musi 1306; Thea 1310.
Minor in History
Students from other disciplines who wish to minor in history must complete 18 semester hours, consisting of 1301 and 1302, either 3321 or 3322, and 9 semester hours of any 4000 level courses. No grade below a “C” will be counted toward the minor.
Teacher Certification – History
Students wishing to secure the Bachelor of Arts degree in history may at the same time complete the curriculum requirements for a Texas teaching certificate—secondary, with a teaching field in history. There are two certification options, and for information concerning these programs the student should consult advisors in the Department of History.
Bachelor of Arts in History – Total Min. Hours: 120
It is the purpose of the Department of History to impart a knowledge and understanding of the past to the students enrolled in the university. This objective is based upon the belief that such knowledge and understanding improves the quality of life for individuals and contributes to the welfare of our society. The department seeks to accomplish this objective through a program of continued study and research by its members and students. Research interests of the department focus on both American and European history.
Admission Requirements Applicants for the Master of Arts in History must meet all Graduate College entrance requirements. Their background in history must include two semesters of American history, two semesters of world or western civilization, one advanced course in each area and a course in historical research and writing.
Applicants shall achieve a minimum verbal score of 500 and a minimum analytical score of 3 on the GRE. Two letters of recommendation and one sample of academic writing are also required.
- Thesis Option. The thesis option is strongly recommended for those who plan to continue graduate study beyond the masters. The thesis program requires completion of 24 semester hours of class-work; HIST 5300 (Historiography) is required and a minimum of 12 hours must be taken in Seminar, Readings or Directed Readings courses. The student may take 6 graduate hours (class or seminar) in a supporting (minor) field. Six additional hours credit will be given for completion of the thesis. Thesis students must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of one classical or modern foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by completing the 2312 course in a language, OR by passing a nationally recognized standardized language proficiency test, OR by completing a reading project administered by the faculty of the Department of History.
- Non-thesis Option. The non-thesis option is intended to provide a strong foundation in a wide range of historical areas and periods. It is designed for those who do not intend to seek a higher degree. Non-thesis students must complete 36 hours in history. HIST 5300 (Historiography) is required and a minimum of 18 hours must be in Seminar, Readings, or Directed Readings courses. The student may take six hours in an approved minor field. After completing their classwork, students must take a comprehensive written examination which is defended orally. A foreign language is not required for the non-thesis Master of Arts in History.