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 preparation for advanced studies in areas such as law, medicine, and theology.
Under state law, all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University 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 upper-division. All HIST courses at the 4000 level will qualify toward the university's "Communication Literacy" requirement. Additionally, all 4000 level HIST courses 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.