Department of History

Main Departmental Office

Wooten Hall, 225

P.O. Box 310650

Denton, TX 76203-0650

(940) 565-2288

Fax: (940) 369-8838

Web site:

Richard M. Golden, Chair


Professors Campbell, Chipman, Golden, Hurley, Kamman, Kelly, LaForte, Lowe, Lowry, Marcello, Paz, Pickens, Wilson. Associate Professors deCarvalho, Eaton, Hilliard, Huddleston, Morris, Seligmann. Assistant Professors Coomes, Hagler, Lewis, Morgan, Smith, Stern, Tanner. Visiting Lecturer Lane.


History encompasses all aspects of past human endeavor; it encourages students to think broadly and to integrate all of their knowledge into a meaningful whole. From history a person develops a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of art, architecture, ideas, politics, and fellow human beings and their activities. It also provides a guide for the future. The study of history is important for journalists, teachers, business people, theologians, politicians, scientists, lawyers, librarians, archivists, museologists and those in many other professions. Students planning any career could benefit from majoring or minoring in history or from choosing history as the lead subject in the social science major or for elective credits. History is an interest students may retain for life.

U.S. History Requirement

Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American history. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas history in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour United States/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination. Most students meet this requirement by taking the survey of U.S. history courses (HIST 2610-2620), but advanced U.S. history courses (courses numbered 3000 and 4000) may be used to satisfy the legislative mandate, and Texas history (HIST 4700) may substitute for 3 hours of U.S. history (HIST 2610).

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Completion of HIST 1050-1060 and 2610-2620, and 18 semester hours of advanced work consisting of three courses from Group A; one course from Group B; one course from Group C; plus one additional course selected from either Group B or C.

Group A: Advanced United States History

HIST 3150, 3500, 3550, 3650, 3660, 3710, 3720, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4440, 4450, 4460, 4470, 4640, 4680, 4700, 4750, 4760, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4830, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4870, 4880, 4930 and 4260 when applicable.

Group B: Advanced European History

HIST 3460, 3470, 3750, 3760, 4010, 4020, 4050, 4060, 4070, 4130, 4140, 4220, 4230, 4250, 4290, 4300, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4370, 4650, 4660, and 4260 when applicable.

Group C: Advanced African, Asian and Latin American History

HIST 3010, 4120, 4170, 4180, 4190, 4200, 4530, 4540, 4550, 4560, 4570, 4580, 4590, and 4260 when applicable.

3. Electives: See four-year plan.

Minor in History

Students may minor in history by completing 18 semester hours, including HIST 1050-1060 and 2610-2620, and 6 advanced hours of history.

Minor in African-American Studies

A minor in African-American Studies requires 18 hours, including HIST 4440, 4450 and 4580, plus three of the following courses chosen in consultation with an adviser in the Department of History and representing at least two different departments: AGER 4560, ANTH 2350, ANTH 4030, CJUS 3700, CJUS 4870, COMM 4260, HIST 4590, HIST 4830, HIST 4930, JOUR 4250, MUET 3030, MUJS 4470, PSCI 3100 (when topic relates to African-American studies), PSCI 4200, SLIS 4685, or SOCI 2010.

Minor in Asian Studies

Various courses are offered in the areas of anthropology, art, history, geography, philosophy and political science to complete a minor in Asian studies. Students interested in this minor should contact Dr. Harold Tanner, Department of History, Wooten Hall.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach history in secondary schools must earn a major and degree in their academic discipline and complete required courses in secondary education. Students must apply for the teaching education program in the College of Education in Matthews Hall 105, and meet all course, GPA and state requirements for certification.

Option 1 Single Teaching Field in History (36 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: HIST 1050, 1060, 2610 and 2620, plus 12 hours advanced U.S. history; plus 6 hours advanced European history; plus 6 hours advanced African, Asian and Latin American history.

Option 2 First Teaching Field in History (30 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: HIST 1050, 1060, 2610 and 2620; plus 9 hours advanced U.S. history, plus 3 hours advanced European history; plus 3 hours advanced African, Asian and Latin American history; plus 3 hours advanced non-U.S. history.

Option 2 Second Teaching Field in History (24 hours). Teaching Field required courses as listed currently: HIST 1050, 1060, 2610 and 2620; plus 6 hours from Group A; plus one course from Groups B or C.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.


The Department of History offers the following undergraduate scholarships: the CBS Mechanical Inc. History Scholarship, the National Heritage Scholarship, and the Kingsbury-Thomason Scholarship (for students who intend to major in history and to teach history in Texas public schools). History majors who are entering freshmen, transfer students or continuing students may apply. The application deadline is March 31. For information and application forms, contact the department chair, associate chair or administrative assistant.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in History

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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