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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 World Society and Issues: HIS 2123, HIS 2133, HIS 2533, HIS 2543, HIS 2553, HIS 2573, IDS 2203, or IDS 2213.

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.

  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 approval is required for each course.

    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

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Mathematics core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 Civilization course (core and major) 3
HIS 2003 3 Foreign language (semester II) 3 or 4
Foreign language (semester I) 3 or 4 Free elective 3
Literature core 3 Free elective 3
Social & Behavioral Science core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 or 16 Total semester hours 15 or 16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Civilization course 3 Civilization course 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Upper-division HIS elective 3 Upper-division European HIS 3
Upper-division U.S. HIS 3 Upper-division HIS elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Free elective 3 HIS 4973 3
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS 3 Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1 or 3
Upper-division HIS Elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 13 or 15

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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 Level Two Natural Sciences core requirement as well as a major requirement. HIS 1043 and HIS 1053 may be used to satisfy the U.S. History and Diversity core requirement as well as major requirements. GRG 1013 may be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Science core requirement as well as a major requirement. ECO 2003 may be used to satisfy the Economics core requirement as well as a major requirement. HIS 2123 or IDS 2203 may be used to satisfy the World Society and Issues 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
    or
    IDS  2203  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:

    COM  1043  Introduction to Communication
    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
    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

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
ANT 1013 3 WRC 1023 (core)  3
ECO 2003 (core and major) 3 COM 1043 3
HIS 1043 (core and major) 3 ECO 2013 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 HIS 1053 (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Mathematics core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 18 Total semester hours 18
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
GRG 1013 (core and major) 3 EDU 2103 3
HIS 2003 3 GRG 2613 (core and major) 3
HIS 2123* or IDS 2203 (core and major) 3 HIS 2133* 3
HIS 2563 3 Civilization course from Section B 3
IDS 2013 3 Upper-division U.S. HIS 3
Literature core 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Total semester hours 18 Total semester hours 18
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
BBL 3403 3 EDP 4203 3
EDP 3203 3 GRG 1023 3
SPE 3603 3 RDG 3773 3
POL course from Section E 3 POL or HIS course from Section D 3
POL or HIS course from Section D 3 Upper-division European HIS 3
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS 3 Upper-division U.S. HIS 3
Total semester hours 18 Total semester hours 18
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
C&I 4203 3 C&I 4646 6
HIS 4143 3    
HIS 4973 3    
Civilization course from Section B 3    
GRG course from Section F 3    
Upper-division African/Asian/Latin American HIS 3    
Total semester hours 18 Total semester hours 6

* HIS 2123 (or IDS 2203) and HIS 2133 may be taken in either order.

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