UNT Undergraduate Catalog 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: www.hist.unt.edu

Richard M. Golden, Chair


Professors Bowman, Brownell, Campbell, Chipman, Golden, Hurley, Kamman, Kelly, LaForte, Lowe, Lowry, Marcello, Paz, Pickens, Seligmann, Stephens, Wilson. Associate Professors deCarvalho, Eaton, Huddleston, Morris, Odom, Smallwood. Assistant Professors Coomes, Hagler, Hilliard, Lewis, 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 courses for electives. 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 university may grant as much as three hours of credit in an approved senior ROTC unit. 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

The department offers courses for the BA degree with a major in history and for a major in social science with history as a leading subject. Students majoring in other fields may minor in history or take courses for general interest, elective credit, or as part of the Arts and Sciences Core.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 128 hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

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.

BA with a Major in History (.pdf)

BA with a Major in History (HTML)

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.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach history in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.

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

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