Department of History
Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 225
P.O. Box 310650
Denton, TX 76203-0650
Fax: (940) 369-8838
Web site: www.hist.unt.edu
Adrian Lewis, Chair
Professors Campbell, Golden, Hurley, Kamman, Lowe, Marcello, Paz, Pickens, Wawro. Associate Professors Calderón, deCarvalho, Eaton, Hilliard, Lewis, McCaslin, Mierzejewski, Morris, Seligmann, Smith, Stern, Tanner, Turner. Assistant Professors Chet, Dupont, Hagler, Navarro.
History encompasses all aspects of past human endeavor; it encourages students to think broadly and to integrate all of their knowledge into a meaningful whole. From history a person develops a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of art, architecture, ideas, politics, and fellow human beings and their activities. It also provides a guide for the future. The study of history is important for journalists, teachers, business people, theologians, politicians, scientists, lawyers, librarians, archivists, museologists and those in many other professions. Students planning any career could benefit from majoring or minoring in history or from choosing history as the lead subject in the social science major or for elective credits. History is an interest students may retain for life.
U.S. History Requirement
Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American history. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas history in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour United States/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination. Most students meet this requirement by taking the survey of U.S. history courses (HIST 2610-2620), but advanced U.S. history courses (courses numbered 3000 and 4000) may be used to satisfy the legislative mandate, and Texas history (HIST 4700) may substitute for 3 hours of U.S. history.
Programs of Study
The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
- Bachelor of Arts,
- Master of Arts,
- Master of Science, and
- Doctor of Philosophy, all with a major in history.
Concentrations under the history major at the master’s and doctoral level are available in United States history and modern European history (since 1400).
Bachelor of Arts
1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
2. Major Requirements: Completion of HIST 1050-1060 and 2610-2620, and 18 semester hours of advanced work consisting of three courses from Group A; one course from Group B; one course from Group C; plus one additional course selected from either Group B or C.
Group A: Advanced United States History. HIST 3150, 3650, 3660, 3710, 3720, 4070, 4150, 4160, 4210, 4261, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440, 4450, 4455, 4465, 4470, 4480, 4490, 4640, 4700, 4750, 4760, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4830, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4870, 4880 and 4260 when applicable.
Group B: Advanced European History. HIST 3750, 3760, 4010, 4020, 4050, 4060, 4070, 4080, 4090, 4100, 4105, 4110, 4130, 4140, 4220, 4230, 4250, 4262, 4290, 4300, 4310, 4315, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4365, 4370, 4380, 4385, 4390, 4650, 4660 and 4260 when applicable.
Group C: Advanced African, Asian and Latin American History. HIST4120, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4200, 4263, 4550, 4560, 4570, 4580, 4590 and 4260 when applicable.
3. Other Course Requirements: None.
4. Minor: Optional.
5. Electives: See four-year plan.
Minor in History
Students may minor in history by completing 18 semester hours, including HIST 1050-1060 and 2610-2620, and 6 advanced hours of history.
Minor in African-American Studies
A minor in African-American studies requires 18 hours, including HIST 4440, 4450 and 4580, plus three of the following courses chosen in consultation with an adviser in the Department of History and representing at least two different departments: AGER 4560, ANTH 2350, ANTH 4030, CJUS 3700, CJUS 4870, COMM 4260, HIST 4260 (when topic relates to African-American studies), HIST 4590, HIST 4830, HIST 4930, JOUR 4250, MUET 3030, MUJS 4470, PSCI 3100 (when topic relates to African-American studies), PSCI 4200, SLIS 4685 or SOCI 2010.
Minor in Asian Studies
Various courses are offered in the areas of anthropology, art, history, geography, philosophy and political science to complete the 18-hour minor in Asian studies. Students interested in this minor should contact Dr. Harold Tanner, Department of History, Wooten Hall.
Minor in Jewish Studies
A minor in Jewish studies requires 18 hours, including PHIL 3575 (Judaic Religion and Philosophy) and one of the following: HIST 4315 (History of Anti-Semitism from Ancient Times to the Present), HIST 4320 (Anti-Semitism in Europe: Eighteenth Century to World War II) and HIST 4390 (The Holocaust, 1933-1945). In addition, four courses chosen in consultation with the director of the Jewish Studies Program and representing at least two different departments are required. These courses include, but are not limited to, the following: HIST 4260 (when taught as “Arab-Israeli Wars,” “Jewish Women: A World Perspective,” “Rome’s Jewish Wars and the Roman Near East” or as “The Jewish Experience in America”), HIST 4320 (Anti-Semitism in Europe, French Revolution to Present), HIST 4385 (Nazi Germany), HIST 4390 (The Holocaust, 1933-1945), ENGL 3923 (American Jewish Writers), ENGL 4800 (when taught as “Literature and the Holocaust” or “Bible as Literature”), HEBR 1010-1020 (Elementary Hebrew I and II), HEBR 2040-2050 (Intermediate Hebrew I & II), MUMH 4800 (Nazism, Judaism and the Politics of Classical Music in Germany), MUMH 4810 (Jews, Judaism, Anti-Semitism and Opera), PHIL 3570 (Hebrew Bible), PHIL 3575 (Judaic Religion and Philosophy) or PHIL 4960 (when taught as either “Introduction to Judaism” or “Rabbinic Judaism”).
Minor in Mexican-American Studies
A minor in Mexican-American studies requires 18 hours, including ANTH 3100.13, HIST 3150 and 4150, plus three of the following courses chosen in consultation with the Mexican-American studies minor adviser and representing at least two different departments: ANTH 3100.12, ENGL 3922, HIST 4160, 4180 and 4190, SPAN 3040, SOCI 2010, WMST 4240. Periodic special topics courses offered by departments in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences (when topics relate directly to Mexican-American studies, and with permission of the Mexican-American studies minor adviser) may also qualify and be included as part of the Mexican-American studies minor on a course-by-course basis.
Minor in Study of Sexualities
A minor in the study of sexualities requires 18 hours, including at least 6 advanced hours. Courses across the curriculum address the impact of sexual attitudes and behaviors on history, politics, social arrangements, artistic and literary creation, and conceptions of the self. Students will investigate the ways in which human sexuality has been shaped by medical and scientific discourse, economic imperatives, philosophy, religion, law, politics, art, visual culture and literature. Students choose from a multidisciplinary list of approved courses updated annually. Students interested in this minor should contact Dr. Marilyn Morris, Department of History, Wooten Hall.
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student’s academic adviser in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB, Room 220, can assist students with specific requirements for teacher certification in History. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in History.
Requirements: HIST 1050, 1060, 2610, 2620, 4700; 9 hours of advanced American History from Group A; 6 hours of advanced European History from Group B; and 6 hours of advanced African, Asian and Latin American History from Group C. See major for additional course work and GPA requirements.
Students must also complete the required 21 hours in upper-level education courses (EDSE 3800, 3830, 4060, 4070, 4108, 4118, 4840) and meet all GPA requirements to apply for state certification. In order to enroll for the first required education course, the student must make application to the certification program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall, Room 105.
All state certification requirements and information on required examinations is available on the web site of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), www.sbec.state.tx.us.
The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.
The Department of History offers the following undergraduate scholarships: the Howard H. Schultz Scholarship in Jewish Studies, the Watt Family Scholarship, the Harry and Ruth Kamman Scholarship, the Gus Seligmann History Scholarship, the Ledbetter Family Scholarship, the CBS Mechanical Inc. History Scholarship, the National Heritage Scholarship, and the Kingsbury-Thomason Scholarship (for students who intend to major in history and to teach history in Texas public schools). History majors who are entering freshmen, transfer students or continuing students may apply. The application deadline is March 1. For information and application forms, contact the department chair, associate chair or administrative assistant.
Courses of Instruction
All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.
Course and Subject Guide
The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.
BA with a Major in HistoryFollowing is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
**See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
|ENGL 1310, College Writing I*||3|
|HIST 1050, World History to the Sixteenth Century (may be used to satisfy Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement*)||3|
|LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)**||3|
|MATH (above College Algebra, except 1350)**||3|
|PSCI 1040, American Government*||3|
|ENGL 1320, College Writing II*||3|
|HIST 1060, World History from the Sixteenth Century||3|
|LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)**||3|
|PSCI 1050, American Government*||3|
|HIST 2610, United States History to 1865*||3|
|HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865*||3|
|HIST Group A (advanced)||3|
|Visual and Performing Arts*||3|
|HIST Group B (advanced)||3|
|HIST Group A (advanced)||3|
|HIST Group C (advanced)||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences*||3|
|HIST Group A (advanced)||3|
|HIST Group B or C (advanced)||3|
Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice.
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