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    University of North Texas
    Jun 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

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Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, Room 225

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310650
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-369-8838




Harold M. Tanner, Chair



History encompasses all aspects of past human endeavor; it encourages students to think broadly and to integrate all of their knowledge into a meaningful whole. From history a person develops a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of art, architecture, ideas, politics, and fellow human beings and their activities. It also provides a guide for the future. The study of history is important for journalists, teachers, business people, theologians, politicians, scientists, lawyers, librarians, archivists, museologists and those in many other professions. Students planning any career could benefit from majoring or minoring in history or from choosing history as the lead subject in a social science major or for elective credits. History is an interest that students may retain for life.

U.S. history requirement

Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American history. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas history in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour United States/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in HIST 2610  (HIST 1301) and HIST 2620  (HIST 1302) (United States history) or HIST 2675  and HIST 2685  (Honors United States history).


The Department of History offers the following undergraduate scholarships:

  • Hagler-Marquis History Scholarship
  • History Excellence Scholarship
  • Howard H. Schultz Scholarship and Watt Family Scholarship in Jewish Studies
  • Harry and Ruth Kamman Scholarship
  • Gus Seligmann History Scholarship
  • Ledbetter Family Scholarship
  • CBS Mechanical Inc. History Scholarship
  • Nation’s Heritage Scholarship
  • Linda Scott Daughters of the American Revolution History Scholarship
  • Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History Scholarship
  • Kingsbury-Thomason Scholarship (for students who intend to major in history and to teach history in Texas public schools).

History majors who are entering freshmen, transfer students or continuing students may apply. The application deadline is February 20. For information and application forms, contact the department chair, associate chair or administrative assistant.


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