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B.A. in History

Coordinator
Austin, Allen, PhD.
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713-221-2767
allena@uhd.edu

Program Description

The program in history leading to a B.A degree prepares students for different career options. Because the study of history involves analytical reading & writing papers on historical subjects, careers that call for critical reasoning and the ability to communicate ideas are well suited for history majors. Many history majors apply for graduate school in history, law, political science, economics, and anthropology. Others seek teaching certificates, where history plays an integral role in the social studies curriculum. Careers in editing, journalism, archives management, and museum curatorship are also well served by a history major. History provides broad intellectual training for careers in business, education and public history.


Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in History requires a minimum of 120 hours, with 33 hours in history courses. For degree completion, at least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. The last 30 of the total hours in the degree and 18 of the upper-level hours in the major must be successfully completed in residence at UHD. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level requirements in the major.


Degree Requirements for All History Majors

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in History requires a minimum of 120 hours, with 33 hours in history courses. For degree completion, at least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. The last 30 of the total hours in the degree and 18 of the upper-level hours in the major must be successfully completed in residence at UHD. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level requirements in the major.

Common Core Requirements (42 hours)

See listing under Common Core Requirements in the Catalog.

(History majors/minors who take HIST 2303 Texas History or HIST 2309 Ethnic Minorities in American History to fulfill the state mandated 6 hours of history required in the core must substitute advanced courses for the major requirements below.)


Preparatory Requirements (27 hours)

These courses are preliminary requirements for the degree and are in addition to the core curriculum:

  • HIST 3390 Historical Methods
    (Students should take this course early in the sequence. It is a “W” or writing-intensive course)
  • HIST 2315 Introduction to World History I
  • HIST 2316 Introduction to World History II
  • 3 hours in political science, sociology, or psychology
  • 3 hours in philosophy at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 3 hours in literature at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 6-8 hours in the same foreign language*
    (hours depend upon placement exams, courses taken, or transfer credit)
  • 3 hours in math, natural science, or any other course that fulfills the “S course” requirement

*Hours bypassed by placement must be made up in elective credits. Hours in excess of 3 for any FL course may be applied toward a free elective.

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Advanced History Requirements (18 hours)

  • 9 upper-level hours non-U. S. History (Students may count HIST 4390 Special Topics and 3399 Directed Studies courses with non-U. S. topics for any of these hours.) These courses also satisfy a “W course” requirement. These courses also satisfy a “W course” requirement. Select from HIST 3301, 3308, 3310, 3317, 3318, 3324, 3333, 3334, 3335, 3336, 4310, 4320, 4322, and 4340.
  • 9 upper-level hours U.S. History These courses, except for HIST 2303, also satisfy a “W course” requirement, Select from HIST3304, 3305, 3306, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3322, 3323, 3330, 331, 3332, 4301, 4303, 4304, 4305, 4306, 4307, 4370. HIST 2303 Texas History may be substituted for one of these UL U.S. History courses. Students may also count HIST 2303 Texas History, HIST 4390 Special Topics and 3399 Directed Studies courses with U.S. topics for any of these hours.

Upper-Level Concentration (9 hours)

(Students may apply free elective hours toward a minor and/or teaching certification.)

  • Minor: 18 hours. To earn a minor in CHSS, a student must meet the academic requirements specified by the minor program, meet all course prerequisites, and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all courses taken at UHD and applied to the minor. To declare a minor, history majors must file the Minor Declaration Form with a CHSS advisor.
  • Teacher Certification Courses: See the requirements in the Department of Urban Education in the College of Public Service for information relating to Secondary Education certification and/or see BA History: Concentration in Secondary Education below.
  • Self-Directed Concentration: Students may elect to take at least 9 hours in upper-level courses in any single discipline or area of study. For example, students planning to teach in public schools may consider related fields such as political science or economics. Alternatively, students may elect to concentrate in additional history courses in order to fulfill this self-directed concentration requirement.

Free Electives (24 hours)

Students will need to take other courses as necessary to fulfill the minimum of 120 hours needed to complete the degree requirements. These may be from any department at any level, with the following restrictions: Developmental courses (ENG 1300, MATH 0300, MATH 1300 and READ 1300) may not apply to graduation requirements. No more than 25% of the hours presented for graduation may be credits in business. Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

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Major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education

Common Core Requirements (42 hours) See listing under Common Core Requirements in this catalog. Students with a concentration in education must take HIST 1305 and HIST 1306 to fulfill the history core requirement.


Prescribed Elective Courses (12 hours) 6-8 hours in the same foreign language. Hours depend upon placement exams, courses taken, or transfer credit. Any hours bypassed because of placement must be made up as a free elective. Hours in excess of 3 hrs. for each FL course may be applied to the free elective.

3 hours in math or natural science courses
3 hours in philosophy at the 3000 or 4000 level


Free Elective Course (3 hours)

Required History Courses (30 hours + 6 hours of HIST 1305 and 1306 in core)

  • HIST 2303 Texas History
  • HIST 2315 World History I
  • HIST 2316 World History II
  • HIST 3390 Historical Methods
  • 9 hours in U.S. History at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 9 hours in non-U. S. History at the 3000 or 4000 level

Free Standing Education Courses (6 hours)

  • PED 3301 Introduction to Special Populations
  • READ 3309 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (prerequisite of
  • READ 3305 does not apply to 8-12 certification)
  • Note: Courses identified as belonging to the same Professional
  • Development series must be taken concurrently.

Professional Development 1 Education Courses* (9 hours)

  • PED 3305 Understanding the Early Childhood through Twelfth Grade Learner
  • SED 3312 Organizing the Classroom
  • PED 4380 Field Experience in Urban Public Classrooms
    *At least one semester prior to taking PED 3305, students should take all three sections of the THEA and submit the “Form to request admission to the 8-12 teacher certification program” to the Department of Urban Education.

Professional Development 2 Education Courses (9 hours)

  • SED 3302 Instructional Design
  • SED 3307 Secondary Teacher Roles in Assessment and Profession
  • PED 4381 Field Experience in Urban Public School Classrooms

Professional Development 3 Student Teaching (9 hours)

  • SED 4301** Student Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • SED 4302** Student Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • READ 4321 Literacy across the Curriculum
  • **Student Teaching courses require 15-week full-time supervised work in grades 8 – 12 (may be one or more grades).

Certification Checklist

  • Undergraduate degree plan completed?
  • TexES Content test passed?
  • TexES PPR test passed?
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5?

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