College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts in History

The Department of History offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and History. Students majoring in History may also select a concentration in Social Studies. The department also offers minors in American Studies and History. More information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

Core Curriculum Requirements

Degree Requirements

Concentration in Social Studies

Core Curriculum Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minor in History

History Courses

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Department Honors

Students whose grade point average in the History or American Studies majors (including support work) before the beginning of their final year at UTSA is 3.5 or above, and whose overall grade point average is 3.0, may earn Department Honors. To do so, students must enroll in the honors thesis course (HIS 4993 or AMS 4993) their final two semesters and must complete a substantial original research project approved by the faculty supervisor and another faculty member. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average in both the major and support work to be eligible for the award.

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

The degree program in History combines the development of informed perspectives, cultivation of analytical skills, and mastery of content areas that cover the United States and different regions in the world. A major in History teaches a student to write effectively and expressively, to think critically, to analyze arguments, and to communicate ideas. These skills will aid in the pursuit of a career in a variety of fields.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum requirements:

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in History must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed in the table below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. 

Core Curriculum Component Area

Courses that Satisfy Core Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Communications

English Rhetoric/Composition (6 semester credit hours)
All students must take the following six hours to meet this core requirement:
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II

Mathematics

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Natural Sciences

Science (6 semester credit hours)
Three hours from Level One and three hours from Level Two will satisfy this core requirement.

Humanities & Visual and Performing Arts

Literature (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

The Arts (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

United States History and Diversity (6 semester credit hours)
Any six hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement. Courses taken to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements in U.S. History and Diversity may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Political Science (6 semester credit hours)
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics, plus three additional hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Science (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Economics (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

World and Society Issues

(3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses, including one of the courses listed below, will satisfy this core requirement.
IDS  2203  World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century
IDS  2213  World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century
HIS  2123  Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century
HIS  2133  Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century
HIS  2533  Introduction to Latin American Civilization
HIS  2543  Introduction to Islamic Civilization
HIS  2553  Introduction to East Asian Civilization
HIS  2573  Introduction to African Civilization

Degree Requirements

33 semester credit hours in the major, of which 21 must be at the upper-division level:

HIS 2003 Historical Methods
This is a foundational course for the major. Students must take it as early as possible in their program.

9 semester credit hours selected from the sophomore-level civilization courses, including HIS 2123, HIS 2133, and courses numbered HIS 2533 to HIS 2583.

18 upper-division semester credit hours of history courses, including at least one U.S., one European, and one Latin American, African, or Asian studies course.

3 semester credit hours from HIS 4973 Seminar in History. HIS 2003 Historical Methods is a prerequisite for enrollment in this course.

9 semester credit hours in approved upper-division courses from other disciplines that support the study of history. The student must consult with his or her faculty advisor to define a cohesive support area, and the faculty advisor’s approval is required for each course.

Recommended areas for support work include, but are not limited to:

American Studies English
Anthropology Geography
Art History Philosophy
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies Political Science
Classics Psychology
Communication Sociology
Criminal Justice Women’s Studies
Economics 
6 semester credit hours of a single language other than English

30 semester credit hours of electives

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Concentration in Social Studies

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a concentration in Social Studies is designed for students intending to teach history, geography, government and economics at the secondary school level. The signature experience is encapsulated in HIS 4143 History Standards and Their Public Reception. This course reviews the ongoing debates over the content of history curriculum in the schools among historians, educators and the public.

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree is 132, including required coursework for teacher certification. Students seeking teacher certification should also refer to the requirements listed in the College of Education and Human Development section of this catalog.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.


Core Curriculum requirements:

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Social Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. The same course may be taken to satisfy both the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements. For a complete listing of the courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements see pages 5–9 of this catalog.

Courses that Satisfy Core Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Communications

English Rhetoric/Composition (6 semester credit hours)
All students must take the following six hours to meet this core requirement:
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II

Mathematics

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Natural Sciences

Science (6 semester credit hours)
Three hours from Level One, and GRG 2613 Physical Geography from Level Two.

Humanities & Visual and Performing Arts

Literature (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

The Arts (3 semester credit hours)
Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

United States History and Diversity (6 semester credit hours)
HIS 1043 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era
HIS 1053 United States History: Civil War Era to Present

Political Science (6 semester credit hours)
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics
and either
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society
or
POL 1213 Topics in Texas and American Politics

Social and Behavioral Science (3 semester credit hours)
GRG 1013 Fundamentals of Geography

Economics (3 semester credit hours)
ECO 2003 Economic Principles and Issues

World and Society Issues

(3 semester credit hours)
IDS 2203 World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century

Degree Requirements

24 semester credit hours of required courses:

ANT 1013  Introduction to Anthropology
ECO 2013  Introductory Macroeconomics
GRG 1023  World Regional Geography
HIS 2003  Historical Methods
HIS 2133  Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century
HIS 2563  Introduction to European Civilization
HIS 4143  History Standards and Their Public Reception
HIS 4973  Seminar in History

6 semester credit hours of civilization courses from among the following:

ANT  3273  Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
ANT  3723  Ancient Complex Society
HIS  2533  Introduction to Latin American Civilization
HIS  2543  Introduction to Islamic Civilization
HIS  2553  Introduction to East Asian Civilization
HIS  2573  Introduction to African Civilization
HIS  2583  Introduction to South Asian Civilization

15 semester credit hours of upper-division history courses: specifically 6 hours in U.S. history, 3 hours in European history, and 6 hours in either Latin American, Asian or African history.

6 semester credit hours from among the following:

HIS   3093  United States Constitutional History
POL  3023  Civil Liberties in American Law and Practice
POL  3113  American Political Theory
POL  3283  The American Presidency
POL  3323  Constitutional Law

3 semester credit hours from among the following:

POL  2603  International Politics
POL  2633  Comparative Politics
POL  3103  Political Ideology
POL  3143  Political Philosophy: Modern
POL  3193  Theories of Citizenship
POL  3363  Political Parties and Interest Groups
POL  3373  The Legislative Process
POL  3393  Latin American Politics
POL  3403  European Politics
POL  3503  American Foreign Policy since World War II

3 semester credit hours from among the following:

GRG  3113  Geography of the United States and Canada
GRG  3123  Geography of Latin America
GRG  3133  Geography of Europe
GRG  3213  Cultural Geography
GRG  3513  Urban Geography
GRG  3533  Geography of Economic Activity
GRG  3643  Political Geography
GRG  3723  Physiography

33 semester credit hours in Communication, Reading and Education:

COM  1043  Introduction to Communication
BBL   3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
C&I   4203  Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School
C&I   4646  Student Teaching: Secondary
EDP   3203  Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent
EDP   4203  Assessment and Evaluation
EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
IDS   2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
RDG  3773  Introduction to Content Area Reading–Secondary
SPE   3603  Introduction to Exceptionality

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Minor in History

All students pursuing a Minor in History must complete 18 semester credit hours.

9 semester credit hours of required courses:

HIS  2003  Historical Methods

HIS  2123  Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century
or
HIS  2133  Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century

Up to 3 hours chosen from the following:

HIS  2533  Introduction to Latin American Civilization
HIS  2543  Introduction to Islamic Civilization
HIS  2553  Introduction to East Asian Civilization
HIS  2563  Introduction to European Civilization
HIS  2573  Introduction to African Civilization
HIS  2583  Introduction to South Asian Civilization

9 additional semester credit hours of upper-division history electives

To declare a Minor in History, obtain advice, or seek approval for substitutions for course requirements, students should consult the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center.

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