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B.A. in History with Teaching Certificate

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Degree Requirements

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History with Secondary Certification, B.A.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)


ENG 1301Composition I3 Credits
ENG 1302Composition II3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324Introduction to Creative Writing3 Credits
ENG 2326Exploring American Lit3 Credits
ENG 2327Exploring World Lit3 Credits
ENG 2328Exploring British Lit3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301Fund of Speech3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)


Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403Fundamentals of Science4 Credits
BIO 1406Contemporary Biology4 Credits
BIO 1407Animal Life4 Credits
BIO 1408Plants & Human Affairs4 Credits
BIO 1409Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics4 Credits
BIO 1410Introduction to Biology I4 Credits
BIO 1413Local Spring Flora4 Credits
BIO 1414Cats, Chromosomes & Codons4 Credits
BIO 1415Exploring Human Biology4 Credits
BIO 1420Introduction to Biology II4 Credits
BIO 2401Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 Credits
BIO 2402Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 Credits
CHE 1403Nature of Physical Science4 Credits
CHE 1404Physical Science & Environment4 Credits
CHE 1405Forensic Science I4 Credits
CHE 1415General Chemistry I4 Credits
CHE 1416General Chemistry II4 Credits
CHE 1418Chemistry in Context4 Credits
NSC 1402Introductory Astronomy4 Credits
PHY 1401University Physics I4 Credits
PHY 1402University Physics II4 Credits
PHY 1410Fundamentals of Physics I4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324Fundamentals of Modern American History3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311Introduction to Jewish Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1312Introduction to Christian Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1313Introduction to Ethics3 Credits
REL 1321Introduction to Comparative Religions3 Credits
REL 1323Introduction to Interfaith Leadership3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220Basic Concepts of Wellness2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301Introduction to Business3 Credits
ECO 2305Principles of Economics I3 Credits
FIN 1325Personal Finance3 Credits
GEG 2304World Geography3 Credits
GEG 2305Human Geography3 Credits
HUM 2340The Human Experience I3 Credits
HUM 2341The Human Prospect3 Credits
IST 2300Introduction to International Studies3 Credits
MCO 1302Mass Media & Society3 Credits
POL 2311American Government I3 Credits
PSY 1301General Psychology3 Credits
PSY 2342Psychology of Everyday Life3 Credits
SSC 2360Social Justice3 Credits
SOC 1302Cultural Anthropology3 Credits
SOC 2301Intro to Sociology3 Credits
SOC 2302Social Problems3 Credits
SOC 2390Minority Groups3 Credits
WSP 2304Hon Sem Social Literacy3 Credits
WSP 2340Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative3 Credits

Major Requirements (55)

All history courses in the major must be passed with a grade of “C” or above. 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.


ECO 2305Principles of Economics I3 Credits


any 3 hours of 3000 or 4000 level English courses3 Credits


GEG 2304World Geography3 Credits
GEG 2305Human Geography3 Credits

Political Science

POL 2311American Government I3 Credits


HIS 2301World History to 16483 Credits
HIS 2303World History Since 16483 Credits
HIS 2324Fundamentals of Modern American History3 Credits
HIS 3322History of Texas3 Credits
HIS 3353Contemporary US History, 1970-Present3 Credits
HIS 3380Introduction to Historical Methods3 Credits
HIS 4152History Content Review1 Credit

HIS 4323History of Democracy3 Credits
HIS 4330Methods/Strategies Tchg SST Sec Level3 Credits
(If a student transfers with an AA degree or Texas Core Complete and has not taken HIS 2324, they must take it for certification.)

choose one:

HIS 3345Colonial and Revolutionary America3 Credits
HIS 4345Piracy & the Atlantic World, 1400-18503 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3346Us Between 1787-18653 Credits
HIS 4362History of the Old South3 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3347Indust and Imperialism in Post-Civil War3 Credits
HIS 4372The New South3 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3348U. S. As a World Power3 Credits
HIS 4310the Great Depression3 Credits
HIS 4311World War II3 Credits
HIS 4315Wall Street, Soup Kitchens & War3 Credits

Students will choose between the following two options:

Any 6 hours of non-US history and 6 hours in one foreign language. For alternatives, refer to the Foreign Language Requirement section in this catalog. 


One of the following:


HIS 4340Modern Latin America3 Credits
HIS 4343History of Mexico3 Credits
HIS 4371US-Spn Borderlands3 Credits

and any 9 hours of non-US History 3000 level or above

ECO 2305, GEG 2304, GEG 2305, HIS 2301, HIS 2303, HIS 2324, POL 2311* may be used to satisfy the GEC.

Education Requirements (22)

To enter the education certification program a student must attain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. A Texas Wesleyan student with the required average will be allowed to begin education courses in the fall of their sophomore year; transfer students who have completed 45 hours with the required average will be allowed to begin education classes during their first semester at Texas Wesleyan.

Professional Development

EDU 2100Foundations of Education1 Credit

EDU 3310Multicultural Education3 Credits
EDU 3338Technology for Classroom Instr3 Credits

EC-12 Pedagogy

EDU 2341Instr/Assess/Class Mgt EC-123 Credits
EDU 4331Differ Instr Mix-Ability K-12 Classrm3 Credits


RDG 4347Rdg Content Area3 Credits

Clinical Teaching

EDU 4611Clinical Teaching6 Credits

Electives (7)

Electives will be required if the student has not met a minimum of 120 hours in the program.  It is recommended that students choosing the foreign language option above, minor in that lanugage.

Electives for history majors should be chosen in consultation with the student's major advisor and selected with the student's future career plans in mind.

Total Hours (120)