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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 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 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 1403 Fundamentals of Science 4 Credits
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1407 Animal Life 4 Credits
BIO 1408 Plants & Human Affairs 4 Credits
BIO 1409 Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1413 Local Spring Flora 4 Credits
BIO 1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons 4 Credits
BIO 1415 Exploring Human Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
CHE 1404 Physical Science & Environment 4 Credits
CHE 1405 Forensic Science I 4 Credits
CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 1418 Chemistry in Context 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits
PHY 1401 University Physics I 4 Credits
PHY 1402 University Physics II 4 Credits
PHY 1410 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

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

BUA 1301 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
FIN 1325 Personal Finance 3 Credits
GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits
HUM 2340 The Human Experience I 3 Credits
HUM 2341 The Human Prospect 3 Credits
IST 2300 Introduction to International Studies 3 Credits
MCO 1302 Mass Media & Society 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 2342 Psychology of Everyday Life 3 Credits
SSC 2360 Social Justice 3 Credits
SOC 1302 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
SOC 2301 Intro to Sociology 3 Credits
SOC 2302 Social Problems 3 Credits
SOC 2390 Minority Groups 3 Credits
WSP 2304 Hon Sem Social Literacy 3 Credits
WSP 2340 Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to take 12 hours of foreign language credit. For alternatives, refer to the Foreign Language Requirement in this catalog. 


Students may take 12 hours of one language or 6 hours each of two languages.

Major Requirements

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 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits


any 3 hours of 3000 or 4000 level English courses 3 Credits


GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits

Political Science

POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits


HIS 2301 World History to 1648 3 Credits
HIS 2303 World History Since 1648 3 Credits
HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits
HIS 3322 History of Texas 3 Credits
HIS 3353 Contemporary US History, 1970-Present 3 Credits
HIS 3380 Introduction to Historical Methods 3 Credits
HIS 4152 History Content Review 1 Credit

HIS 4323 History of Democracy 3 Credits
HIS 4330 Methods/Strategies Tchg SST Sec Level 3 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 3345 Colonial and Revolutionary America 3 Credits
HIS 4345 Piracy & the Atlantic World, 1400-1850 3 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3346 Us Between 1787-1865 3 Credits
HIS 4362 History of the Old South 3 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3347 Indust and Imperialism in Post-Civil War 3 Credits
HIS 4372 The New South 3 Credits

choose one:

HIS 3348 U. S. As a World Power 3 Credits
HIS 4310 the Great Depression 3 Credits
HIS 4311 World War II 3 Credits
HIS 4315 Wall Street, Soup Kitchens & War 3 Credits

any 9 hours of non-US History

any 3 hours of Latin American History

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

Education Requirements

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 2100 Foundations of Education 1 Credit

EDU 3310 Multicultural Education 3 Credits
EDU 3338 Technology for Classroom Instr 3 Credits

EC-12 Pedagogy

EDU 2341 Instr/Assess/Class Mgt EC-12 3 Credits
EDU 4331 Differ Instr Mix-Ability K-12 Classrm 3 Credits


RDG 4347 Rdg Content Area 3 Credits

Clinical Teaching

EDU 4611 Clinical Teaching 6 Credits

Total Hours (120)