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History (B.A.)

The department faculty members seek to foster our students’ competence and understanding in the disciplines of history, political science, and geography. Thus we emphasize the study of the global human past, the institutions and traditions of law, government, and politics, and the interactions of humans and the environment as understood through geographical study. By balancing courses in history and political science with speech communication, English, mathematics, and other courses outside the department, students gain the broad education necessary for success in many careers. Students completing a history major should be able to understand, research, write, and analyze history in accordance with recognized research principles, methodology, and processes. Students seeking State of Texas teacher certification must meet or exceed the state minimum criteria on the TExES. The department offers Bachelor of Arts majors and minors in History, Political Science, and International Studies; the Bachelor of Science in Political Science (Governance and Pre-law tracks); and the Bachelor of Science in Education. Additional minors are offered in American Studies, British Studies, and Social Sciences.


  1. Graduates with a major in history will demonstrate the ability to analyze sources critically. 
  2. Graduates with a major in history will demonstrate the ability to organize and communicate historical arguments. 
  3. Graduates with a major in history will demonstrate adequate mastery of historical content in the history curriculum. 


History General Education Requirements

50 hours total
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Language (at least one semester, second year, all hours in same language) - 11 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 4 hours
Mathematics - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours

Major area of study- 36 hours
Minor- 18 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)

History Major Requirements

Completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours:
Background Surveys (12 hours) - HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2311, HIST 2312
HIST 3301 Historiography
HUMA 2301 Service Learning in Humanities
HUMA 4001 Humanities Portfolio
Additional advanced courses to total eighteen (18) semester hours, balancing between United States and Global/non-U.S. courses.

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2022-2023
Catalog Year 2021-2022
Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2019-2020
Catalog Year 2018-2019
Catalog Year 2017-2018

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations