All history courses in the major must be passed with a grade of “C” or
above. All history majors must enroll in at least 9 hours of research
classes. Research classes are designated in the catalog description with an
“R” after the course number. Upon obtaining 90 hours, certification
students are required to enroll in HIS 4152, History Content Review, until
passed successfully. Passing this course requires the student to pass the
TExES Practice Exam with a score of 75%. This permits the student to
request a bar code from the School of Education enabling her/him to sit
for the TExES Content Exam.
History ............................................................................. 37-43 hours
HIS 2301. World History to 1648 (3301)* 3 hours
A survey of human experience to the seventeenth century with emphasis
upon the growth of Western institutions and concepts.
HIS 2303. World History since 1648 * 3 hours
This course is a continuation of the study of the rise and decline of the
world’s major civilizations since 1500 with special emphasis on the
colonization, industrialization, and ideological conflicts.
HIS 3380. Workshop in Historical Methods 3 hours
Designed as a workshop in historical methods for history majors, this course
will guide students through the research process. Students will gain
knowledge in and apply the Turabian documentation style (Chicago Manual
Style) and learn the uses of informational technology in history. The use of
oral history and its methods will be explored.
HIS 4152. History Content Review 1 hour
This course is a one-credit course that must be passed before a student can
obtain a bar code from the School of Education to take the TExES History
Content Area Exam.
HIS 4330. Methods and Strategies for Teaching History and Social
Studies at the Secondary Level 3 hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and strategies
of teaching history and social studies at the secondary level. This course
will focus on several topics and themes of importance to practicing teachers,
including recent debates about the teaching of American, European, and
World History; creating active learning opportunities based on primary
sources; the utility of lecturing; methods of historical inquiry; teaching
writing while teaching history; curriculum development aligned with state
standards; using technology in the social studies classroom; incorporation of
local history; and assignment design and evaluation.
HIS 4390. Historiography 3 hours
This course explores major trends in historiography, tracing the major
interpretations from the ancient to the modern world. The course examines
the current focus on micro over macro history, the attack of postmodernism
on historical research, and the struggles to incorporate “those on the
margins” into the story of humanity.
take the following:
HIS 3322. History of Texas 3 hours
A study of the political, economic, and social growth of Texas from the
Spanish origin to the present.
HIS 3345R. Colonial and Revolutionary America 3 hours
This course will examine the history of North American colonies that in
1788 became the United States of America. On a comparative basis, we
will also look at Spanish, French, and British Caribbean colonial
experience. Course readings and class time will give special attention to the
genre of cultural history, and to the topics of family and gender, slavery, and
revolution. Three themes will be important to our study: 1) cultural
encounters, 2) colonialism and empire and, 3) nationalism and national
3346R. From Union to Disunion: The United States Between 1787-1865 3 hours
This course will be divided into two parts. Part One will address the
creation of government of the United States after the adoption of the
Constitution. Part Two will discuss the American Civil War as a defining
moment in American history.
4362R. History of the Old South 3 hours
This course examines the history of the Old South from 1600 to beginning
of the Civil War, but focusing on the period from 1800 to 1861. The
lectures and readings cover a variety of topics, including myths and facts
about southern society and culture, slavery and the strengthening of
southern distinctiveness, and political events that eventually led to the
creation of a separate (short-lived) southern nation in 1861.
3347R. Industrialization and Imperialism in Post-Civil War America: 1865-1920 3 hours
The industrial age of the late 19th century brought considerable changes to
American culture and society. In this course, students will study the major
events, issues, organizations, and personalities that emerged during this
period of American history.
4372R. History of the New South 3 hours
This course will focus on the changes in the social fabric, politics, and
economy of the American South and Southwest (The Sunbelt) since the
Civil War with an emphasis on civil rights, labor issues, rural-urban
transition, agriculture and manufacturing, defense industry, and ethnic
3348R. The United States as a World Power: 1920 - Present 3 hours
This course provides an in-depth look at recent United States history from
the end of the First World War through the Clinton years, concentrating on
the major themes and events of the twentieth century, when the United
States became the world’s dominant economic and military power. The
impact of this global reach on the peoples of the United States is the major
concern of the course.
4310. The Great Depression: History through Writings, Film, and Literature 3 hours
This course will focus on the changes in the social fabric, politics, and
economy of the United States during the years preceding and following the
Great Depression through historical writings, film, and literature.
4311. World War II 3 hours
A history of the origins, events, and outcomes of World War II through
primary documents, texts, internet research, movies, discussion, and
lectures. Topics include the Versailles Treaty, the international relations of
the 1920’s, the Weimar government and the Nazi takeover, the major
battles, the winning of the war, and the emergence of the Cold War.
choose one of the following seminar courses:
HIS 3361. Women in the Western World Since 1500 3 hours
This course will survey the main themes in women's history since 1500,
concentrating on the experiences of European and American women of all
social classes. Work, sexuality, family, gender, and politics will be
examined within three chronological periods: the Early Modern World, the
Liberal and Industrial West, and the twentieth century.
HIS 3362R. Women and Reform 3 hours
This course will explore the participation of women in reform movements,
concentrating on individual and collective leadership of women in
individual rights, legal entitlement, suffrage, social issues (such as
temperance), reproduction, and health care.
4326. Heroes in History 3 hours
The course surveys the human desire to raise up heroes and villains from
prehistory to the present using historical, sociological, anthropological and
4338. Development of British and American Democracy 3 hours
This course is an intensive study of the development of democratic
institutions in the two best-known examples of working democracies. The
course will compare the parliamentary and presidential governmental
systems and emphasize the development of representative government,
constitutional theory, growth of the common law, and expansion of
4363R. Race and Gender in American History 3 hours
This course is intended to introduce students to recent historical work on
race, class, and gender in the context of United States history. Central to
this course is the understanding that these “social categories” are the
products of history, not stable, unchanging “facts.” This makes studying
their historical development particularly important to understanding their
current manifestation. Equally important is the recognition that
membership in these categories has historically shaped the extent to which
any 6 hours of non-US History
any 3 hours of Latin American History