Under our previous numbering system, all upper-level US History courses fell between HIST 3301-3373 leaving HIST 3374 through 4399 for everything else. Frankly, it didn’t make much sense, while making it difficult for students to identify courses that appealed to their particular interests.
The revised undergraduate catalog numbering system is similar to those used by every other department at UTA and most every History department at other universities across the country.
Under the new system, 1000- and 2000-level designations are reserved for introductory or “survey” classes designed to fill core curriculum requirements or to provide general overviews of major subjects/themes in preparation for more detailed study at advanced levels. 3000-level courses are typically lecture or lecture/discussion style offerings focusing on national histories, major eras, or themes. The 4000-level designation is used for courses devoted to narrower, more focused topics or national/regional subjects. Courses at the 4000-level may be more likely to incorporate significant reading/discussion components or to be delivered as reading seminars. You’ll find that both 3000- and 4000-level courses are also now broken down into thematic and world regions with numbers assigned in rough chronological order (i.e. earlier periods/eras have been given lower numbers than more recent ones).
This new approach should give students a better sense of the “bigger picture” while helping those who browse the catalog identify more quickly courses sharing related themes or subjects. Like everything devised by humankind, the new system isn’t perfect, and it will evolve as additional courses are added in the future. All the same, we’re confident that you’ll find the new catalog numbers make more sense and represent a considerable improvement over the old ones.