The broad liberal arts foundation available through a major in history can deepen students' understanding of the complex world in which they live, stimulate intellectual attitudes conducive to effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivate those mental skills required for meaningful employment in many areas of the modern economic system. A history student may consider a career in teaching within colleges, universities, or public schools; in park administration; in regional and local historical society work; in archives and records management; in museum work; in various branches of government work; and in business and industry generally. Many students use their undergraduate history major as a preparation for advanced studies in such areas as law, medicine, and theology.
Students seeking an undergraduate degree in history will complete 30 hours of history, including the following:
Under state law, all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech must complete 6 hours in American history. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing 6 hours from among the American history courses listed as (US) in the course list.
All courses numbered above 3000 are advanced course. All courses above 4000 are writing intensive courses and require junior standing or consent of the instructor. A student must receive at least a C in any history course if it is to count toward the major or minor.
In the teacher education certification programs, history may be used at the secondary level as either a teaching field or as part of the composite field of social studies.