Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Program

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:

  • 3 hours selected from either Western Civilization I (HIST 1300) OR World History to 1500 (HIST 2322)
  • 3 hours selected from either Western Civilization II (HIST 1301) OR World History Since 1500 (HIST 2323)
  • 6 hours of U.S. history selected from HIST 2300, 2301, and 2310.
  • 24 hours in upper-division HIST courses, including--
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- elective in U.S.,
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- elective in European,
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- elective in African, Asian, or Latin American,
    • 6 hours of 3000- or 4000- level electives in any geographic area,
    • 6 hours of 4000- level (writing intensive) electives in any geographic area,
    • 3 hours of HIST 4398.
  • With prior departmental consent, 3 upper-division hours in related disciplines may be counted toward the major.
  • at least 12 of the 36 hours required for the history major must be taken in residence, including at least 9 hours from the upper-division courses.

Minor in History

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 in upper-division HIST courses, at least 3 hours of which must be from a 4000-level (writing intensive) course. 
  • At least 6 of the 18 ours required for a minor in history must be upper-division courses taken in residence (3000 or 4000 in military history must be taken in residence, including 3 hours at the 4000 level). Three of those hours must be taken at the 4000 level. 

Minor in Military History

Students seeking a minor in military history will complete 18 hours of HIST courses, in accordance with the following:

  • 3 hours selected from Group A (HIST 1300, 1301, 2300, 2301, 2322, 2323).
  • 9 hours selected from Group B (HIST 3330, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3340, 3348, 3366, 3367, 4302, 4337, 4338, 4343, 4355, 4396).
  • 6  hours selected from Group C (HIST 3304, 3308, 3309, 3346, 3350, 3359, 3374, 3396, 3398, 4309, 4310, 4311, 4351, 4353, 4372, 4379, 4383, 4393).
  • 6 hours must be in U.S. history.
  • 6 hours must be in non-U.S. history.
  • At least 3  hours must be taken at the 4000 level.
  • At least 6 of the 18 hours required for a minor in military history must be taken in residence, including 3 hours at the 4000 level.

Other courses may be substituted with prior departmental consent.

Note: All courses numbered at the 3000 and 4000 levels are upper-division (or "advanced") courses. All courses at the 4000 level are "writing intensive" and require junior standing or consent of the instructor. A student must receive at least a C in any HIST course if it is to count toward the major or minor. 

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

The department of History cooperates with the College of Education in offering a prepatory track for teacher certification in social studies for grades 7-12. This certification track is designed to prepare students for a teaching career in public education and to successfully pass the TExES teacher certification examination in social studies as administered by the Texas Education Agency. Students wishing to teach social studies for grades 7-12 should major in history while minoring in secondary education and should complete their certification through the Texas Tech University College of Education's TechTeach program. In order to fully understand the certification process, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of History and an advisor in the College of Education to learn more about the teacher certification programs in the State of Texas and the requirements related to those programs. 

Students wishing to teach social studies for grades 7-12 who are pursuing their certification through TechTeach should complete the following coursework, which fully incorporates all requirements necessary for a Bachelor of Arts in History:

  • 6 hours from HIST 1300 and 1301.
  • 9 hours from HIST 2300, 2301, and 2310.
  • 6 hours from HIST 2322 and 2323.
  • 24 hours in upper-division HIST courses, including--
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- level elective in U.S.,
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- level elective in European,
    • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000- level elective in Asian, African, or Latin American,
    • 6 hours of 3000- or 4000- level electives in any geographic area,
    • 6 hours of 4000- level (writing intensive) electives in any geographic area,
    • 3 hours of HIST 4398.
    • 6  hours from POLS 1301 and 2302.
    • 3 hours of ECO 2305 (or 6 hours from ECO 2301 and 2302).
    • 4 hours of GEOG 1401.
    • 3 hours selected from PSY 1300 or SOC 1301.

 

 

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