History - BA

Students who wish to major in History do so because they understand that the problems of the present are fundamentally rooted in the choices made by past peoples. History majors, therefore, do not memorize names and dates. Instead, they are detectives, busily scrutinizing and actively interpreting the historical record for a deeper understanding as to why the world looks as it does and how our society might be improved. And in doing so, history majors acquire a number of practical skills that many different employers look for in job candidates. Our majors become experts in both written and oral self-expression, argumentation, and advocacy. In addition, history majors acquire the skills necessary to conduct thorough research, assess evidence, and effectively present one’s findings. It is no wonder, then, that our majors go on to succeed in the fields of education, law, law enforcement, public service, consulting, and business, among many other careers. In today’s global economy, there is persistent demand for job candidates familiar with diverse cultures and points of view. History majors, who take courses specializing in countries and regions around the world, are ideally positioned to succeed in such a job market. This is particularly true of majors who take advantage of our department’s numerous opportunities for study abroad and foreign language instruction.

In the History major, students take courses specializing in many different cultures and time periods. This array of classes helps to familiarize students with human diversity while imparting the marketable skills that make our graduates competitive in any number of career fields.

Teacher Certification

Some history majors may wish to pursue a career in education at the elementary, middle-, or high-school levels. The History Department is proud to welcome and help train the future teachers of both Texas and the nation. Students wishing to meet certification requirements to teach history or social studies in the secondary schools of Texas should contact the College of Education and Human Development for more complete information about the certification options available at Texas A&M University. To be eligible for these options, students must also consult with, and have approval of, their field advisor in the Department of History.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 101
Western Civilization to 1660
or World History to 1500
3
HIST 105 History of the United States 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
HIST 102
Western Civilization Since 1660
or World History Since 1500
3
HIST 106 History of the United States 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Foreign language 1 4
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
History elective 2 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
HIST 280 The Historian’s Craft 4 3
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
History elective 2 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Social and behavioral sciences 3
History elective 2 3
History elective 2 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
HIST 481 Seminar in History 4 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Life and physical sciences 3
History elective 2 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 1
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

Students should plan a program of study in consultation with one of the department’s undergraduate advisors.

A minimum of 33 hours in history may be applied to the degree. Students must take not less than 15 credit hours at upper level for history residency requirement. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major field. A student must complete not less than 18 hours of coursework in history at Texas A&M University.

Minor Field of Study

All history majors are encouraged to select a minor field of study from departments or divisions within or outside of the College of Liberal Arts or in a particular area of interest (as in the case of interdisciplinary minors or career opportunity minors). The minor will consist of a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, as defined by the minor department. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the minor field. Interdisciplinary minors such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Latina/o and Mexican American Studies, and Business have specific requirements; students should consult undergraduate advisors in these areas of study. A second major may substitute for the minor. Courses used to meet the minor requirements may not be used in the major. See also the statement on “Minor Field of Study” under the general requirements of the College of Liberal Arts.