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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 all 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 (42 semester credit hours)
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 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. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog..

Courses taken to satisfy core requirement in U.S. History and Diversity may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. One of the following courses should be used the satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy & Culture: HIS 2123, HIS 2133, HIS 2533, HIS 2543, HIS 2553, HIS 2573, or HIS 2583.

Degree Requirements

  1. 33 semester credit hours in the major, of which 21 must be at the upper-division level:
    1. HIS 2003 Historical Methods
      This is a foundational course for the major. Students must take it as early as possible in their program.

    2. 9 semester credit hours selected from the sophomore-level civilization courses, including HIS 2123, HIS 2133, and courses numbered HIS 2533 to HIS 2583.

    3. 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.

    4. 3 semester credit hours from HIS 4973 Seminar in History. HIS 2003 Historical Methods is a prerequisite for enrollment in this course. (Students who complete an Honor’s Thesis may substitute HIS 4993 for HIS 4973.)

  2. 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 signed approval is required for each course. The student must turn in a completed Support Work form to the COLFA Advising Office at least one semester prior to their graduating semester.

    Recommended areas for support work include, but are not limited to:
    American Studies
    Anthropology
    Art History
    Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
    Classics
    Communication
    Criminal Justice
    Economics
    English
    Geography
    Philosophy
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Women’s Studies

  3. 6 semester credit hours of a single language other than English

  4. 30 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in History

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate History degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in History – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
HIS 2003 Historical Methods 3
Foreign language (semester I)   3-4
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Component Area Option core   3
Spring
Civilization course   3
Foreign language (semester II)   3-4
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Third Year
Fall
Civilization course   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division HIS elective   3
Upper-division U.S. HIS   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
Civilization course   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division European HIS   3
Upper-division HIS elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Free elective   3
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS   3
Upper-division HIS Elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Creative Arts core   3
Spring
HIS 4973 Seminar in History 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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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 (42 semester credit hours)
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 3-5 of this catalog.

GRG 2613 may be used to satisfy the 3 hours of the Life and Physical Sciences core requirement as well as a major requirement. HIS 1043 and HIS 1053 may be used to satisfy the American History core requirement as well as a major requirement. GRG 1013 may be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences core requirement as well as a major requirement. ECO 2003 may be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement as well as a major requirement. HIS 2123 may be used to satisfy the Language, Philosophy, and Culture core requirement as well as a major requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 42 semester credit hours of required courses:

    ANT  1013  Introduction to Anthropology
    ECO  2003  Economic Principles and Issues
    ECO  2013  Introductory Macroeconomics
    GRG  1013  Fundamentals of Geography
    GRG  1023  World Regional Geography
    GRG  2613  Physical Geography
    HIS   1043  United States History: Pre-Columbus to the Civil War Era
    HIS   1053  United States History: Civil War Era to Present
    HIS   2003  Historical Methods
    HIS   2123  Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century
    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

  2. 6 semester credit hours of civilization courses from among the following:

    ANT 3273  Civilizations of Mexico
    ANT 3723  Ancient Civilizations
    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 33 semester credit hours in Communication, Reading and Education:

    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: Grades 8-12
    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
    HIS   2053  Texas History
    IDS   2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
    RDG  3773  Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary
    SPE   3603  Introduction to Special Education


Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in History with a Concentration in Social Studies

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate History degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in History, Concentration in Social Studies – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
ANT 1013 Introduction to Anthropology 3
ECO 2003 Economic Principles and Issues (core and major) 3
HIS 1043 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core and major) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ECO 2013 Introductory Macroeconomics 3
HIS 1053 HIS 1053 United States History: Civil War Era to Present (core and major) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
GRG 1013 Fundamentals of Geography (core and major) 3
HIS 2003 Historical Methods 3
HIS 2123 Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century (core and major) 1 3
HIS 2563 Introduction to European Civilization 3
IDS 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
Free elective   3
Spring
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
GRG 2613 Physical Geography (core and major) 3
HIS 2133 Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century 1 3
Civilization course from Section B   3
Upper-division U.S. HIS   3
Creative Arts core   3
Third Year
Fall
BBL 3403 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society 3
EDP 3203 Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
POL course from Section E   3
POL or HIS course from Section D   3
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS   3
Spring
EDP 4203 Assessment and Evaluation 3
GRG 1023 World Regional Geography 3
RDG 3773 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary 3
POL or HIS course from Section D   3
Upper-division European HIS   3
Upper-division U.S. HIS   3
Fourth Year
Fall
C&I 4203 Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School 3
HIS 4143 History Standards and Their Public Reception 3
HIS 4973 Seminar in History 3
Civilization course from Section B   3
GRG course from Section F   3
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS   3
Spring
C&I 4646 Student Teaching: Grades 8–12 6
  Total Credit Hours: 132.0

HIS 2123 Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century and HIS 2133 Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century may be taken in either order.

 

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