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Department of History
Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 225
P.O. Box 13735
Denton, TX 76203-6735
Fax: (817) 369-8838
Richard M. Golden, Chair
Professors Bowman, Brownell, Campbell, Chipman, Golden, Hurley, Kamman, Kelly, LaForte, Lowe, Marcello, Paz, Pickens, Stephens, Wilson. Associate Professors DeCarvalho, Detrick, Eaton, Huddleston, Lowry, Odom, Painter, Seligmann, Smallwood. Assistant Professors Aaronson, Coomes, Hagler, Hilliard, Lewis, Morris, Stern, Tanner.
History encompasses all aspects of past human endeavor; it encourages students to think broadly and to attempt 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 courses for electives. 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 six semester hours in American history. A student is entitled to submit as much as three 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 university may grant as much as three hours of credit in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire six hour American/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 (HIST 2610).
Programs of Study
The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
Bachelor of Arts
The department offers courses for the BA degree with a major in history and for a major in social science with history as a leading subject. Students majoring in other fields may minor in history or take courses for general interest, elective credit or as part of the Arts and Sciences Core.
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 128 hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.
Supplemental Information for BA With a Major in History
A major in history requires completion of HIST 1050-1060 and 2610-2620, and 18 semester hours of advanced work consisting of three courses from Group A and 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, 3500, 3550, 3650, 3660, 3710, 3720, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440, 4450, 4460, 4470, 4640, 4680, 4700, 4750, 4760, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4830, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4870, 4880, 4930 and 4260, when applicable.
Group B: Advanced European History
HIST 3460, 3470, 3750, 3760, 4010, 4020, 4050, 4060, 4070, 4130, 4140, 4220, 4230, 4250, 4290, 4300, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4370 and 4260, when applicable.
Group C: Advanced African, Asian and Latin American History
HIST 3010, 4120, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4530, 4540, 4550, 4560, 4570, 4580, 4590, and 4260, when applicable.
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.
Students who expect to teach history in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.
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 undergraduate scholarships - the CBS Mechanical Inc. History Scholarship, the National Heritage Scholarship and the History Excellence Scholarship - that are awarded each year to history majors. History majors who are entering freshmen, transfer students or continuing students may apply. The application deadline is March 31. For information and application forms, contact the department chair, associate chair or administrative assistant.
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