Your Future In History

Are you fascinated by the events that shape a region, a nation or the world? Do you enjoy conducting and explaining research? If this describes you, then you should pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at the University of North Texas.

No matter your career path, you can benefit from majoring in history or taking history courses as electives. Advertising firms, historical societies, museums, libraries and publishers are potential employers of students with history backgrounds. Our alumni include:

  • archivists and museum curators
  • consultants for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense
  • deans, program and department chairpersons, and faculty members at major universities
  • environmental historians for the National Park Service
  • lawyers
  • teachers

If you plan to be a professional historian or teach at a university, you will need to earn a master's or doctoral degree.

What we offer

Our curriculum helps you achieve a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of architecture, art, ideas and politics.

Course offerings range from American political and constitutional development to the European Renaissance to modern China and India. Some courses are available online. As you progress toward your degree, you can focus your studies on either U.S. history, European/Western history or non- Western history.

Our department also offers:

  • minors in African American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Jewish Studies and Mexican American Studies
  • course work for the Social Science major with history as a leading subject
  • courses that prepare you for teacher certification

The History Help Center and the Kingsbury- Thomason Departmental Library can assist you with preparing for exams and writing papers. Other vital on-campus resources are the Military History Center, the Texas State Historical Association and the university libraries.

Additional learning opportunities are available by attending any of the seven annual symposia and events hosted by the department or getting involved in the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. UNT's Phi Alpha Theta chapter has been recognized Best Chapter multiple times by the national organization.

Our faculty members have received many awards for teaching and research. Five current faculty members are Fellows of the Texas State Historical Association, recognized for their published works related to Texas history. In addition, faculty members have received Professing Women awards and published dozens of award-winning books. They conduct research on:

  • European witchcraft
  • gender studies
  • Mexican American history
  • Napoleonic France
  • Renaissance legal culture
  • slavery in the U.S.
  • Texas
  • 20th-century China
  • U.S. and European military history
  • women in the American South

Several scholarships for History majors are available to help pay for your education. Information about these scholarships and deadlines is at history.unt.edu using the forms link.

What to expect

You will complete 12 credit hours of core history courses and 18 credit hours of advanced work in an area of specialization (U.S. history, European/ Western history or non-Western history). At least one course will be taken in each of the two areas outside of your specialization.

The Career Center, the Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, submit your application for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.