History B.A./B.S. - Emphasis in History 7-12 Teaching Certification


The purpose of this bachelor's degree is for students to become trained in the discipline of history. The objectives of this program are to acquaint students with the human past; to provide insight into the nature of the historic process; and to teach students to analyze and think critically about historical works and issues, and express their judgments clearly in writing. At the conclusion of this program students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of historiography, that is, a familiarity with a range of historical methods, theories, and schools of interpretation. They will also be able to research and write thesis-driven papers on historical topics, using appropriate sources.

This particular emphasis is designed to prepare students to become certified to teach high school history.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required courses in the major
HIST 303Historical Geography3
HIST 305World History to 17th Century3
HIST 306The Modern World3
HIST 355Debates in Texas History & Memory3
HIST 400Teaching and Learning in History and Social Studies3
HIST 492Senior Research Seminar3
European History:
Choose 3 sh from the following: 3
HIST 332Ancient Europe and the Mediterranean World
HIST 335The Medieval European World
HIST 337Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1648-1848
HIST 338Modern Europe, 1848-1991
Asia/Latin America
Choose 3 sh from the following: 3
HIST 311Modern East Asia
HIST 316Modern India
HIST 317Modern Middle East
HIST 325Colonial Latin America
HIST 327Latin America in the Modern Period
U.S. History:
Choose 3 sh from the following: 3
HIST 342Colonial North America to 1763
HIST 343Revolutionary America, 1763-1789
HIST 344Early National United States, 1789-1850
HIST 345Civil War and Reconstruction
Choose 3 sh from the following:3
HIST 346Modern United States 1850-1920
HIST 347The Twentieth-Century United States
Choose 3 sh from the following: 3
HIST 440Modern Civil Rights Movements
HIST 443History of the American West
HIST 445Advanced Studies in Texas History
HIST 450African American History
HIST 453Mexican American History
HIST 457Themes in United States History
HIST 479Women, Gender, and Sexuality in United States History
World History:
Choose 3 sh from the following:3
Themes in World History
Mapping Our World: An Introduction to Cartography
Food in World History
Global Enviro History
History of the Ottoman Empire
Themes in Asian or Middle East History
History of Modern Mexico
The Late Antique Mediterranean World
The Middle Ages
The European Reformations
Russia and the Soviet Union from Peter to Putin
Women and Gender in European History
Choose 3 sh from the following:3
Introduction to Public History
Oral History Theory and Methods
Material Culture Analysis for Historians
Introduction to Digital History
Teacher Education Courses
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
SED 300Teaching Profession3
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 404Secondary Teaching Practicum3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching6
Support Courses
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
Electives Required
15 semester hours required15
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

Any HIST 497 may be applied by the undergraduate advisor to the degree plan in the category according to the topic of the course. 

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all History courses required for this major. Fifteen semester hours of History must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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