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    May 30, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA


The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee approved a change to this program during the academic year. Please refer to the Catalog Addendum  for more information.

 

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history are supported by the History Help Center, which can assist you with preparing for exams and writing papers. There are also opportunities for hands-on research with professors specializing in a wide range of topics.


Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history.

Hours required and general/college requirements


A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the University Core Curriculum  in the Academics  section of this catalog and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  requirements.

Major requirements


Upper-level history courses, 24 hours


24 semester hours of advanced work (3000-4000 level), with four courses in a single geographic area, at least one course in each of the remaining geographic areas and two courses in a single theme. 

Each student will choose a geographic focus area for his or her advanced course work by taking at least four courses in one of three groups: United States; Europe; or Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Students must take at least one course from each of the other two geographic areas outside of their focus. Each student will also select one of the following themes by taking two courses within that theme: culture and everyday life; empires and borderlands; food and the body; gender and sexuality; mass violence and atrocities; politics, policy and economics; premodern Europe and the Mediterranean; race and ethnicity; Texas, the South and the West; and war, military and society. Students must finish a history course with a grade of C or better for it to count toward the history major.

Geographic area: United States


Geographic area: Europe


Geographic area: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East


Theme: Culture and everyday life


Theme: Empires and borderlands


Theme: Politics, policy and economics


Theme: Race and ethnicity


Theme: War, military and society


Other course requirements


None.

Minor


Optional.

Electives


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements . Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information, see an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Four-year degree plan (example)


The following four-year plan is one example of a variety of ways in which you can complete your chosen degree in four years, and will serve as a guide for you to design your pathway to degree completion. Variations will depend on whether you need to take prerequisites or have college credit from exams or dual enrollment.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
HIST 1050 - World History to the Sixteenth Century   3 hours   HIST 1060 - World History from the Sixteenth Century   3 hours  
Communication Core   3 hours  Communication Core   3 hours
Life and Physical Sciences Core   3 hours Life and Physical Sciences Core   3 hours
Mathematics Core   3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Core   3 hours
CLASS Foreign Language-elementary   3 hours CLASS Foreign Language-elementary   3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
HIST 2610 - United States History to 1865   3 hours   HIST 2620 - United States History Since 1865   3 hours  
PSCI 2305 - US Political Behavior and Policy   3 hours    PSCI 2306 - US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions   3 hours  
Component Area Option A Core   3 hours Creative Arts Core   3 hours
CLASS Foreign Language-intermediate   3 hours CLASS Foreign Language-intermediate   3 hours
Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
CLASS Communication and Digital Skills   3 hours  CLASS Diversity and Global Issues   3 hours
History-American History-advanced 3 hours  History-American History-advanced 3 hours
History-American History-advanced 3 hours History-European History-advanved 3 hours
Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Elective-advanced 3 hours Elective-advanced 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours

 

Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
History-African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American History-advanced 3 hours  History-American History-advanced 3 hours
Theme selection 3 hours  Theme selection 3 hours
Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours Elective 3 hours
Elective-advanced 3 hours Elective-advanced 3 hours
Total 15 hours Total 15 hours