Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in History (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades Seven through Twelve: Political Science Minor and Geography 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. The History courses HIST 2327, HIST 2328, HIST 2381, and HIST 2382 are not allowed for History major credit.  Those History courses are for general education core curriculum credit only.
  3. 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.
  4. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  6. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

  7. 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, Political Science minor, and Geography 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 43003
    Advanced HIST Electives 312
    Total Hours30
  8. The minor in Political Science requires the following 21 hours of Political Science courses:
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    PS 3301Basic Political Institutions 3
    Group II (American Government)6
    Group III (Public Law)
    Select three hours from the following:3
    Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles
    Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties
    The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process
    Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics
    Total Hours18
  9. The third field in Geography requires the following 10 hours of Geography courses:
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    or GEO 3309 United States and Canada
    Total Hours10
  10. 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.
  11. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA. A GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C”.
  12. For transfer students, 21 semester credit hours in History (for the teacher certification track) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the History Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
    TCCN: HIST 1301
    HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
    TCCN: HIST 1302
    HIST 2311History of World Civilization to the 17th Century3
    TCCN: HIST 2321
    HIST 2312History of World Civilization from the 17th Century3
    TCCN: HIST 2322
    TCCN: HIST 2301
    CI 4332Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology3
    TCCN: EDUC 1301
    CI 3325Adolescents and Society3
    TCCN: EDUC 2301
    Total Hours21

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)13ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)13 
US 11001Modern Language 14204 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3American History Component Code 0603 
Modern Language 14104POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
Mathematics Component Code 0203PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)13 
 14 16 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)23ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3 
PS 3300 or 33013Modern Language 23203 
Modern Language 23103HIST 23113 
GEO 1309 or 13103GEO 24104 
American History Component Code 0603POSI Advanced 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 and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3 
HIST 23123CI 43323 
HIST 33723HIST Advanced Group Elective33 
POSI Advanced Group II Electives3PS 3332, 3333, or 33313 
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303BA ENG Literature3 
 15 15 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
HIST Advanced Group Electives36HIST 43003EDST 46816
GEO 3303 or 33093HIST Advanced Group Elective33 
CI 33253CI 43703 
PS 43983CI 43433 
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303RDG 33233 
 18 15 6
Total Hours: 130

HIST Advanced Group Electives

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 3325F3
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 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-Present3
HIST 4344Modern Japan, 1600-Present3
HIST 4346Modern Korea3
HIST 4347Hong Kong in the Modern World3
HIST 4348Mahatma Gandhi and Nonviolence3
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 4350N3
HIST 4350OHistory of Indochina3
HIST 4350PEuropean Colonial3
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
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 33583
HIST 3368BLaw 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 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 4318TTopics in Roman and Medieval Britain 13
HIST 4318UTopics in Industrial 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
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 3346The Civil War and Reconstruction3
HIST 3349The Constitution of the United States3
HIST 3352Western America3
HIST 3353Southwestern History3
HIST 3357History of U.S. Foreign Relations3
HIST 3359African American History3
HIST 3363Colonial North America to 17633
HIST 3365US Early Republic, 1788-18283
HIST 3368AIntroduction to Public History3
HIST 3368BLaw and Society in Early America3
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 3368KTopics in American 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 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 US History3
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 3375ATopics in Working Class History3
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 43633
HIST 4364Military History of the United States3
HIST 4365Age of Revolution in North America, 1763-17893
HIST 4367US Antebellum Era, 1812-18613
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 43903
HIST 43003
HIST 4380Historical Resources and Practices3
HIST 4399Senior Seminar3