Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in History (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: Geography Minor and Political Science Third Field)

Minimum required: 130 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. This degree plan is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in the social studies disciplines: Economics, Geography, Government, and History. The Social Studies Composite with a History major, Geography minor, and Political Science third field requires the following 30 hours of History courses:
HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
HIST 2311History of World Civilization to the 17th Century3
HIST 2312History of World Civilization from the 17th Century3
HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey3
HIST 4300Social Studies Resources and Practices3
Advanced HIST Electives 312
Total Hours30

     6.  The minor in Geography requires the following 16 hours of Geography courses:

GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
or GEO 1310 World Geography
GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
GEO 3303Economic Geography3
GEO 3309United States and Canada3
GEO 3329Geography of Texas3
Total Hours16

     7.  The third field in Political Science requires the following 15 hours of Political Science courses:

POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
Group 2 American Government6
Group 3 Public Law to be selected from the following:3
Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles
Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties
The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process
Total Hours15

     8.  In addition to the major, minor, and third teaching field requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the teaching field. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)13ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)13 
US 11001HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Modern Language 14204 
Modern Language 14104POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
Mathematics Component Code 0203PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)13 
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)23BA ENG Literature3 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Modern Language 23203 
Modern Language 23103HIST 23113 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3GEO 24104 
GEO 1309 or 13103POSI Group II Electives3 
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3ECO 2301 or 2314 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3 
GEO 33033CI 43323 
HIST 23123HIST Advanced Group Electives33 
HIST 33723GEO 33093 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI Group II Electives3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
HIST Advanced Group Electives36HIST 43003EDST 46816
CI 33253HIST Advanced Group Elective33 
POSI 3310, 3311, or 43113CI 43703 
GEO 33293CI 43433 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303RDG 33233 
 18 15 6
Total Hours: 130

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.


Must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher. If the grade is lower than a “B”, then an interview will need to be scheduled with the Office of Educator Preparation (OEP) 


In choosing advanced History electives, students are required to complete one advanced course from Group A (World History), one advanced course from Group B (European History), one advanced course from Group C (U.S. History), and one advanced course from either Group A or B. 

HIST Advanced Group Electives

Group A - World History

HIST 3319Colonial History of Brazil3
HIST 3320History of Mexico3
HIST 3322Colonial History of Latin America to 18283
HIST 3324Latin America from Independence to Present3
HIST 3325FMilitarism in Latin America3
HIST 3325GModern Revolutions in Latin American History3
HIST 3326The Southern Cone of Latin America3
HIST 3327History of Mexico to 18483
HIST 3329Spanish Borderlands, 1521-1821 13
HIST 3368FHistory of U.S. Foreign Policy-Making in the Muslim World 13
HIST 3368NHistory of U.S. Foreign Policy in Indochina 13
HIST 3368UU.S. - Cuban Relations 13
HIST 4318GWestern Eurpore and the Development of Modern Africa 13
HIST 4318JThe Arab-Israeli Wars, 1948-19963
HIST 4318SBritain and the World 13
HIST 4325Islamic History to 17983
HIST 4326The Modern Middle East3
HIST 4327The Problem of Palestine3
HIST 4328History of India3
HIST 4333The History of Russia and Eurasia to 1917 13
HIST 4343Modern China, 1600 to the Present3
HIST 4344Modern Japan, 1600-Present3
HIST 4346Modern Korea3
HIST 4347History of Hong Kong3
HIST 4348Mahatma Gandhi in World History3
HIST 4350ASlavery and Emancipation in the Americas3
HIST 4350BOrigins of the Modern Global Economic System3
HIST 4350DEmpire and Identity in Central Asia3
HIST 4350EGender in Latin American History3
HIST 4350FPostwar Japan3
HIST 4350JHistory and Culture of Modern India3
HIST 4350KGender & Militarization in the Arab World3
HIST 4350LHistory of Southeast Asia3
HIST 4350NThe 20th Century Middle East: Syria, Iraq, and Palestine3
HIST 4350OHistory of Indochina3
HIST 4350PEuropean Colonial3
HIST 4350QPirates of the Mediterranean3
HIST 4350RWorkers and Work in the Arab World3
HIST 4350SPiracy Through the Ages 13
HIST 4350VHistory of Pakistan 13
HIST 4350WThe Great War 13
HIST 4368War and Society 13
HIST 4369Introduction to Ethnohistory 13
HIST 4373Economic and Social History of the Americas 13
HIST 4388Problems in History3

Group B - European History

HIST 3310History of Europe, 1815-19193
HIST 3311History of Europe Since 19193
HIST 3312Renaissance and Reformation3
HIST 3313Europe During the Old Regime, 1600-17603
HIST 3314Revolutionary Europe, 1760-18153
HIST 3315History of England to 16033
HIST 3316History of England Since 16033
HIST 3358The Military History of the Western Wolrd3
HIST 3368BCourts and Society in Early America 13
HIST 4303Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean World, 1600 B.C. to 30 B.C.3
HIST 4304Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean 500 B.C. to 500 A.D.3
HIST 4307Medieval European History, 300-14003
HIST 4317Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-16893
HIST 4318ADaily Life in the Roman Empire3
HIST 4318GWestern Eurpore and the Development of Modern Africa3
HIST 4318HEveryday Life in Europe from the Reformation through World War II3
HIST 4318OHistory of Modern Spain3
HIST 4318PFrance and the Modern World3
HIST 4318QHistory of Early Modern Spain3
HIST 4318RAncient and Medieval Spain3
HIST 4318SBritain and the World 13
HIST 4318TRoman and Medieval Britain 13
HIST 4318UIndustrial Britain 13
HIST 4320Origins of Christianity3
HIST 4333The History of Russia and Eurasia to 19173
HIST 4334The History of Russia and Eurasia from 1917 to Present3
HIST 4336Germany from 1815 to Present3
HIST 4337Germany and National Socialism, 1918-19453
HIST 4350PEuropean Colonial 13
HIST 4350SPiracy Through the Ages 13
HIST 4350WThe Great War 13
HIST 4368War and Society3
HIST 4388Problems in History3

Group C - U.S. History

HIST 3329Spanish Borderlands, 1521-1821 13
HIST 3340History of the United States, 1877-19143
HIST 3341History of the United States, 1914-19453
HIST 3342Social and Intellectual History of the United States, 1607-18653
HIST 3343Social and Intellectual History of the United States Since 18653
HIST 3344Economic History of the United States3
HIST 3346The Civil War and Reconstruction3
HIST 3349The Constitution of the United States3
HIST 3352Western America3
HIST 3353The Greater Southwest3
HIST 3357History of U.S. Foreign Relations3
HIST 3359African American History3
HIST 3363Early American History to 17633
HIST 3365The Early American Republic3
HIST 3368AIntroduction to Public History3
HIST 3368BCourts and Society in Early America3
HIST 3368DEveryday America ca. 19003
HIST 3368EUnited States Westward Expansionism, 1776-18613
HIST 3368FHistory of U.S. Foreign Policy-Making in the Muslim World3
HIST 3368HLBJ's America3
HIST 3368JThe Space Race3
HIST 3368KAmerican Cultural History3
HIST 3368LHistory of Mexican American Music in the Southwest3
HIST 3368MPopular Music and Social Movements in 20th Century America3
HIST 3368NHistory of U.S. Foreign Policy in Indochina3
HIST 3368OU.S. Foreign Relations from Revolution to Reconstruction3
HIST 3368PThe U.S. and Britain in the Sixties3
HIST 3368QHistory of Professional Baseball, 1869-19943
HIST 3368RHistory of Rock and Roll3
HIST 3368SHistory of Music and Race in the American South3
HIST 3368TAmerican Songbook3
HIST 3368UU.S. - Cuban Relations 13
HIST 3368XOrganization of the Modern American State 13
HIST 3369YBlack Women and Black Protest in America3
HIST 3369ZImmigration and Ethnicity3
HIST 3371AConflict and Creativity in U.S. Urban and Suburban History 13
HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey3
HIST 3373AU.S. Women's History to 18773
HIST 3373BU.S. Women's History since 18773
HIST 3373CThe History of Rural Women3
HIST 3375AAmerican Labor History, 1877-19453
HIST 3377History of Country Music3
HIST 3378History of the Blues3
HIST 3380The Desegregation of the South from 1944-19703
HIST 3381Democracy and Education3
HIST 4350WThe Great War3
HIST 4360History of the United States, 1945 to 19683
HIST 4361History of the United States, 1968 to the Present3
HIST 4363Riddles of the Civil War3
HIST 4364Military History of the United States3
HIST 4365Early American History: The Revolutionary Period, 1763-17893
HIST 4367Antebellum America3
HIST 4368War and Society 13
HIST 4369Introduction to Ethnohistory 13
HIST 4371Introduction to American Indian History3
HIST 4372Mexican American History3
HIST 4373Economic and Social History of the Americas 13
HIST 4375ACritical Issues in Texas History3
HIST 4375BAfrican-American Experience in Texas3
HIST 4376The History of Texas Music3
HIST 4388Problems in History3
HIST 4390History Practicum3

Group D - History Capstone and Teacher Certification Preparation

HIST 4300Social Studies Resources and Practices3
HIST 4380Historical Resources and Practices3
HIST 4399Senior Seminar3

Course allowable for credit in more than one group.  Such courses may not be taken to satisfy more than one group.