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.
Texas state law requires that graduates of state universities and colleges have 6 semester hours of credit in U.S. history. Most students meet this requirement by taking the survey 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. Students who receive 6 hours of U.S. history credit by examination have satisfied this requirement.
Programs of Study
The Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science with a major in history; and a Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in United States history, European history, or Military History. The Department also hosts five interdisciplinary minors: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Jewish Studies, and Mexican American Studies.
Recent Faculty Publications