History - Undergraduate Programs

Overview

The study of history explores the basic forces that have shaped human affairs and is therefore a means for dealing with present concerns and future problems. An appreciation of our heritage develops a sense of our identity. Historical inquiry also provides the necessary background for the study of other disciplines such as economics, literature, art, language, and the social as well as natural sciences.

Students of history develop important critical skills that are the hallmark of educated people: the ability to reason and analyze; the capacity to investigate problems and synthesize diverse information; facility in expressing ideas or data clearly and precisely. The History Department encourages an open and questioning attitude toward the diversity of human experiences and ideas. An awareness of cultural differences between various groups of people will provide insights concerning the basic issues of world civilization. Students of history are encouraged to read analytically, speak cogently, and write coherently.

Both the curriculum and the methodology of the History Department are multifaceted. The History Department, therefore, requires that students take courses in both chronological and topical areas in United States and world history. The history faculty specializes in such diverse methodologies as quantitative analysis and social and political history, as well as the more traditional biographical and narrative approaches. Thus students are exposed to the many ways of studying the past and the present.

A degree in history prepares students for a variety of careers, including teaching, archival administration, business, journalism and communications, historical preservation, law, and public affairs. More importantly, by providing insight into the causes and effects of change in society, a knowledge of history prepares every individual for life in a complex world.

Admission to Department of History Degree Programs

There are no special requirements that prospective majors in the Department of History must fulfill beyond entering with a minimum 2.25 GPA. In order to graduate students must have a 2.0 GPA overall and in history courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the core requirement before enrolling in upper level history courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

General Core Requirements
General Core Requirements 42
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
Required Core for History
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
HIST 2377FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE3
or ENGL 2303 TOPICS IN LITERATURE
or ENGL 2309 WORLD LITERATURE
or ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE
or ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Mathematics (select 6 hours from general core requirements)6
Life & Physical Sciences (select 6 hours from general core requirements)6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select one course from the general core requirements)3
Creative Arts elective (Select one course from the general core requirements)3
Foundational Component Area elective (Select one additional course from the general core requirements)3
Electives - nine hours from any level9
Electives - six hours from any 3000-4000 level courses6
Major Requirements for History
History Core 1
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
HIST 2301HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION (or 2313 for pre-law majors)3
HIST 2302HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION (or 2314 for pre-law majors)3
HIST 3300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH3
History Concentration 2
Group A - U.S. History (select two courses)6
Group B - Non U.S. History (select two courses)6
Group A or B (Select two courses)6
HIST 4395HISTORY SEMINAR3
Modern or Classical Language requirement (must be in same language)14
Minor (see minor advisor for details)18
Total Hours120

 It is strongly recommended that history majors complete the core requirements before enrolling in upper level history courses.

Note: Please see undergraduate advisor for up-to-date information on degree totals.

All history majors will design an appropriate course of upper level study in history in consultation with their advisor .

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History
(Pre-Law Option)

General Core Requirements
General Core Requirements 42
General Core requirements
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
HIST 2377FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE3
or ENGL 2303 TOPICS IN LITERATURE
or ENGL 2309 WORLD LITERATURE
or ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE
or ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Mathematics (select two courses from the general core requirements)6
Life and Physical Sciences (select two courses from the general core requirements)6
Creative Arts elective (see general core requirements)3
Electives - any level1
Major Requirements for History
History Core
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
HIST 2313HISTORY OF ENGLAND3
or HIST 2301 HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HIST 2314HISTORY OF ENGLAND3
or HIST 2302 HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION
HIST 3300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH3
History Concentration
Legal History - Any four (4) from: HIST 3307, HIST 3311, HIST 3330, HIST 3331, HIST 3391, HIST 4330, HIST 4331, HIST 4333, HIST435912
History electives - 3000-4000 level3
HIST 4395HISTORY SEMINAR3
Other pre-law requirements
Political Science - Any two (2) from: POLS 3330, POLS 3331, POLS 3333, POLS 3334, POLS 3335, POLS 3336, POLS 4331, POLS 43326
BLAW 3311LAW I3
or BLAW 3312 LAW II
or BLAW 4310 BASIC INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR BUSINESS
CRCJ 2334INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM3
ECON 2305PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS3
or ECON 2306 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
PHIL 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF REASONING3
or PHIL 2311 LOGIC
Sociology or Anthropology (one class 3000-4000 level)3
Modern or Classical Language requirement (must be same language)14
Minor (see minor advisor for details)18
Total hours 120

Note: It is recommended that History majors complete the core requirement before enrolling in upper level History courses. Students are strongly advised to complete HIST 3300 as early as possible, preferably in their first semester after having declared a History major. Students may not enroll in the capstone HIST 4395 course until they have successfully completed HIST 3300 with a "C" or better.

Note: Please see undergraduate advisor for up-to-date information on degree totals.

Teacher Certification

Students interested in Texas Teacher Certification at the elementary level should consult the College of Education and Health Professions section of this catalog for the most recent changes in requirements regarding admission to Teacher Education, completion of University programs in preparation for certification, and eligibility for certification after graduation. Students interested in secondary certification in social studies, including history, should see the History with Social Studies BA secondary certification plan below.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with Secondary Level Teacher Certification for Social Studies

General Core Requirements
General Core Requirements 42
General Core Requirements
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
HIST 2377FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE3
or ENGL 2303 TOPICS IN LITERATURE
or ENGL 2309 WORLD LITERATURE
or ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE
or ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Mathematics (select two courses from the general core requirements)6
Life and Physical Sciences (select two courses from the general core requirements - geology recommended)6
Creative Arts elective (see general core requirements)3
Major Requirements for History
History Core
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
HIST 2301HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3
HIST 2302HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3
HIST 3300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH3
History Concentration
HIST 3345TEXAS TO 18503
HIST 3346TEXAS SINCE 18453
HIST 4395HISTORY SEMINAR3
Group A - U.S. History (select two courses)6
Group B - Non-U.S. History (select two courses)6
Social Studies Certification Requirements
Political Science - three hours from POLS 3306, POLS 3330, POLS 3331, POLS 3333, POLS 4314, POLS 4317, POLS 4318, POLS 4319, POLS 4324, POLS 4326, POLS 4330, POLS 4331, POLS 4332, POLS 4333, POLS 4334, POLS 4335, POLS 4350, or POLS 43543
ECON 2305PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS3
ECON 2306PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS3
GEOG 2302HUMAN GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 2303WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY3
Geography elective (one course 3000-4000 level)3
Modern or Classical Language requirement (must be in same language)14
Education Courses
Prior acceptance to the College of Education and Health Professions required
EDML 4300PRE-ADOLESCENT/ADOLESCENT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT3
EDTC 4301TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS3
LIST 4343CONTENT AREA READING AND WRITING3
Field Experience (fall semester only)
EDUC 3301TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS3
EDUC 4341ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS3
EDUC 4343TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL3
Field Experience (spring semester only - student teaching)
EDUC 4647CLINICAL TEACHING IN SECONDARY AND EC-126
Total hours 123

Note: Please see undergraduate advisor for up-to-date information on degree totals.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with Secondary Level Teacher Certification for History

General Core Requirements
General Core Requirements 42
Required Core for History
UNIV 1131STUDENT SUCCESS1
ENGL 1301RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I3
ENGL 1302RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II3
HIST 2377FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE3
or ENGL 2303 TOPICS IN LITERATURE
or ENGL 2309 WORLD LITERATURE
or ENGL 2319 BRITISH LITERATURE
or ENGL 2329 AMERICAN LITERATURE
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES3
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
Mathematics (select two courses from the general core requirements)6
Life and Physical Sciences (select two courses from the general core requirements)6
GEOG 2303WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY3
Creative Arts elective (see general core requirements)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select one additional course from the general core requirements).3
Electives - any level9
Major Requirements for History
History Core
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
HIST 2301HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3
HIST 2302HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION3
HIST 3300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH3
HIST 3345TEXAS TO 18503
HIST 3346TEXAS SINCE 18453
History Concentraion
Group A - U.S. History (select two courses)6
Group B - Non-U.S. History (select two courses)6
HIST 4395HISTORY SEMINAR3
Modern or Classical Language requirement (must be in same language)14
Education Courses
Prior acceptance to the College of Education and Health Professions required
EDML 4300PRE-ADOLESCENT/ADOLESCENT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT3
EDTC 4301TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS3
LIST 4343CONTENT AREA READING AND WRITING3
Field Experience (fall semester only)9
EDUC 3301TEACHING DIVERSE LEARNERS3
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF INSTRUCTION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Field Experience (spring semester only - student teaching)6
CLINICAL TEACHING IN SECONDARY AND EC-12
Total Hours120

Note: Please see undergraduate advisor for up-to-date information on degree totals.

Oral Communication Competency

Students majoring in History demonstrate competency in oral communication by successfully completing HIST 3300. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

Computer Use Competency

Students majoring in History demonstrate competency in computer use by successfully completing the sophomore level of a Foreign Language course when taken at UT Arlington. If you satisfy your language requirement otherwise, consult the advisor for ways to satisfy this computer competency requirement. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

Minor in History

Eighteen (18) hours of History courses, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level classes

Minor in Military History

The Minor in Military History provides students an opportunity to undertake focused study of the origins, development, and influence of armed conflict in the human past. Students fulfill the program’s requirement by completing courses examining historical conflicts and/or military eras. Special Topics courses devoted to military subjects may be counted toward the Minor.

Required Courses (six hours)
HIST 1301HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 18653
HIST 1302HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT3
Any four of the following courses (twelve hours)
HIST 2377FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE3
HIST 3314CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, 1860-18763
HIST 3332HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1775-19133
HIST 3333HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1913- PRESENT3
HIST 3337MILITARY HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES3
HIST 3357MILITARY REVOLUTION3
HIST 3395SELECTED TOPICS IN HISTORY3
HIST 4352MEDIEVAL CRUSADE AND JIHAD3
HIST 4361THE GREAT WAR, 1914-19183
HIST 4362WORLD WAR II, 1939-19453
HIST 4372SOVIET UNION IN GLOBAL COLD WAR3
HIST 4380AMERICA AND THE VIETNAM WARS3

Geography Minor

Geography is the study of humanity’s interaction with the physical environment. Geographic conditions have had significant effects on history as interrelationships between place and human activities have changed over time. The study of geographic spatial relationships has a major role in general education because it offers both theoretical and practical foundations for understanding contemporary problems, particularly those related to environmentalism, modernization, and technological progress.

Eighteen (18) hours of Geography courses, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level classes