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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
The Department of History

202 University Hall • Box 19529 • 817-272-2861 • www.uta.edu/history
Degree Requirements - Faculty - Course Descriptions

The study of history explores the basic forces that have shaped human affairs and is therefore a means for dealing with present concerns and future problems. An appreciation of our heritage develops a sense of our identity. Historical inquiry also provides the necessary background for the study of other disciplines such as economics, literature, art, language, and the social as well as natural sciences.

Students of history develop important critical skills that are the hallmark of educated people: the ability to reason and analyze; the capacity to investigate problems and synthesize diverse information; facility in expressing ideas or data clearly and precisely. The History Department encourages an open and questioning attitude toward the diversity of human experiences and ideas. An awareness of cultural differences between various groups of people will provide insights concerning the basic issues of world civilization. Students of history are encouraged to read analytically, speak cogently, and write coherently.

Both the curriculum and the methodology of the History Department are multifaceted. The History Department, therefore, requires that students take courses in both chronological and topical areas in United States and world history. The history faculty specializes in such diverse methodologies as quantitative analysis and social and political history, as well as the more traditional biographical and narrative approaches. Thus students are exposed to the many ways of studying the past and the present.

A degree in history prepares students for a variety of careers, including teaching, archival administration, business, journalism and communications, historical preservation, law, and public affairs. More importantly, by providing insight into the causes and effects of change in society, a knowledge of history prepares every individual for life in a complex world.

Admission to Department of History Degree Programs

There are no special requirements that prospective majors in the Department of History must fulfill beyond entering with a minimum 2.25 GPA. In order to graduate students must have a 2.0 GPA overall and in history courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the core requirement before enrolling in upper level history courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher; 1301 or 1308 recommended).

Science

Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours of designated courses in archaeology, classical studies, communication, economics, history, humanities, linguistics, political science, social or cultural anthropology, social/political/cultural geography, social psychology, sociology or women's studies.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for a degree.

Major

Core (Required)

1311, 1312. (Students with a satisfactory SAT achievement score in U.S. history or other proof of a strong background in U.S. history may wish to enroll in an honors section or opt to substitute six hours of advanced courses in U.S. history.)

2301, 2302, (or 2313, 2314 for pre-law majors). Three hours from 3300 or 4394. 4394 is restricted to honors students.

It is strongly recommended that history majors complete the core requirement before enrolling in upper level history courses.

Core (Advanced)

21 hours from the following groups, with at least six hours from each:

Group A: Advanced U.S. History

3310, 3311, 3315, 3317, 3318, 3320, 3321, 3322, 3323, 3324, 3325, 3326, 3327, 3328, 3330, 3334, 3342, 3348, 3349, 3350, 3351, 3352, 3353, 3354, 3355, 3356, 3357, 3358, 3359, 3360, 3361, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3365, 3366, 3367, 3368, 3369, 3370, 3372, 3373.

Group B: Advanced Non-U.S. History

3374, 3375, 3378, 3379, 3380, 3382, 3383, 3384, 4345, 4348, 4349, 4350, 4351, 4352, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358, 4359, 4360, 4361, 4362, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4369, 4374, 4375, 4376, 4377, 4378, 4379, 4383, 4384.

(3309, 3319, 3389, 3390, 4301, 4388, 4391 may be used for credit in either U.S. or World history depending on the subject.)

Minor

18 hours, at least six of which shall be 3000/4000 level.

Total

120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.

All history majors in consultation with their advisor will design an appropriate course of upper level study in history.

Teacher Certification

Students interested in Texas Teacher Certification should consult the College of Education section of this catalog for the most recent changes in requirements regarding admission to Teacher Education, completion of University programs in preparation for certification, and eligibility for certification after graduation.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

(Pre-Law Option)

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Fine Arts

Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.

Political Science

2311, 2312; and six hours chosen from 3330, 3331, 3333, 3334, 3335, 3336, 4331, 4332.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher; 1301 or 1308 recommended).

Science

Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics)

Business Administration

BLAW 3311 or 3312 or 4310.

Economics

ECON 2305 or 2306 or 4335.

Sociology/Anthropology

Three hours from any SOCI or ANTH 3000/4000 level.

Criminal Justice

Three hours from CRCJ 2334, 2340, 3300, 3337, 3390, 4331, 4380.

Philosophy

PHIL 1301 or 2311.

Major

33 hours, 21 hours 3000/4000 level, to include 1311, 1312, 2313, 2314, 3300.

12 hours from 3317, 3318, 3319, 3320, 3322, 4350, 4385.

Six additional hours of any 3000/4000-level history course.

Minor

18 hours, at least six 3000/4000 level.

It is strongly recommended that history majors complete the core requirement before enrolling in upper level history courses.

Total

120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

(Minority Studies Option)

Students selecting this option will be expected to work closely with the department advisor in choosing courses. All requirements for the regular history degree must be fulfilled as well as the following additional requirements:

Major

HIST 1311, 1312, 2301, 2302, 3300 or 4394 (Honors) and 12 hours from HIST 3320, 3362, 3365, 3366, 3367, 3368, 3369, and three hours of any 3000/4000 level U.S. history; 6 hours from 4366, 4367, 4369, 4374, 4375, 4376, 4377, 4378.

Minor

18 hours, at least six advanced.

Electives

Sufficient number to give total of 120 academic hours.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History

(Women's History Option)

Students selecting this option will be expected to work closely with the department advisor in choosing courses. All requirements for the regular history degree must be fulfilled as well as the following additional requirements:

Major

HIST 1311, 1312, 2301, 2302, 3300 or 4394 (Honors) and 12 hours from HIST 3309, 3310, 3311, 3315 and 3 hours of any 3000/4000 level U.S. history; 6 hours from 3000/4000 non-U.S. history.

Minor

18 hours from Women's Studies Program (at least six 3000/4000 level and cannot include courses cross-listed with History).

Electives

Sufficient number to give total of 120 academic hours.

Oral Communication Competency

Students majoring in History demonstrate competency in oral communication by successfully completing HIST 3300. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

Computer Use Competency

Students majoring in History demonstrate competency in computer use by successfully completing the sophomore level of a Foreign Language course when taken at UT Arlington. If you satisfy your language requirement otherwise, consult the advisor for ways to satisfy this computer competency requirement. The department advisor must certify completion of this requirement.

History Faculty

Chair

Professor Fairbanks

Professors

Francaviglia, Green, Kyle, Palmer, Philp, Reinhartz, Richmond, Rodnitzky

Associate Professors

Adam, Anders, Cawthon, Cole, Garrigus, Goldberg, Haynes, Jalloh, Maizlish, Morris, Narrett, Reinhardt, Saxon, Treviño

Assistant Professor

Davis-Secord

Professors Emeritus

Kerr, Lackner


View Course Descriptions for: History (HIST) Geography (GEOG)

Geography is the study of humanity's interaction with the physical environment. Geographic conditions have had significant effects on history as interrelationships between place and human activities have changed over time. The study of geographic spatial relationships has a major role in general education because it offers both theoretical and practical foundations for understanding contemporary problems, particularly those related to environmentalism, modernization, and technological progress.