Undergraduate Programs

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.

Bachelor of Arts

Students seeking an undergraduate degree in history will complete 30 hours of history, including the following:

  • Western Civilization I (HIST 1300) OR World History to 1500 (HIST 2322)
  • Western Civilization II (HIST 1301) OR World History Since 1500 (HIST 2323)
  • 6 hours of U.S. history (3 hours must be PRE-1877)
  • *9 hours of courses at the 3000 level
  • *9 hours of courses at the 4000 level with at least 3 hours of 4398 (Special Topics in History)
  • With prior departmental consent, 3 advanced hours in related disciplines may be counted toward the major
  • The last 18 hours of upper-division history coursework must be completed in residence

History Minor

  • A minor in history consists of 18 hours, including the following:
  • 6 hours must be in U.S. history
  • 6 hours must be in non-U.S. history
  • 9 hours, including 3 at the 4000-level must be in advanced courses
  • The last nine hours of upper-division courses for a history minor must be completed in residence

General Requirements

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.

Teacher Education

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.

Teaching Field Options:

Secondary Education Teaching Field in History (36 hours)
  • HIST 1300 Western Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 1301 Western Civilization since 1500
  • HIST 2300 U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 2301 U.S. History since 1877
  • HIST 2322 Studies in World History to 1500
  • HIST 2323 Studies in World History since 1500
  • *9 hours at the 3000
  • *6 hours at the 4000 level with at least 3 hours of 4398
  • *at least 3 hours of U.S., 3 hours of European, and 3 hours of Asian, African, or Latin American