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Undergraduate Programs

TCU’s history major and minor give you a broad familiarity with the history of different geographic regions and cultures around the world.

The department’s particular strengths include military history, gender, labor, the history of Texas, indigenous peoples of the Americas, political history, environmental history and empires.

 

Bachelor of Arts in History

The BA with a major in history requires 31 semester hours in history courses, including the following:

  • A minimum of nine hours of survey courses, drawn from at least three out of the following five regions:
    U.S.: HIST 10603, 10613 (or the Honors equivalents 20603, 20613)
    Europe: HIST 10203, 10213, 10223 (or 20203, 20213, 20223)
    Latin America: HIST 10923, 10933 (or 20923, 20933)
    Asia: HIST 10943, 10953 (or 20943, 20953)
    Middle East: HIST 10803, 10813
  • A maximum of 15 hours (at any level) in any one of these geographic areas may be counted toward the requirements for the major.
  • ADRN 20101—Make Your Major Work (a one-credit course). The department recommends that students take this course their sophomore year. Students who declared a history major before August 2013 are encouraged but not required to take this course.
  • A minimum of 12 hours taken in courses numbered 30000 or above.
  • HIST 49903—History Major Seminar, a capstone research course. Topics vary by semester and instructor. The department recommends that this course be taken prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. It is available to history majors only.
    • Upcoming History Major Seminars
      • Fall 2017: Hanan Hammad (focus on Middle Eastern history via the Jim Wright collection at TCU); Peter Szok (focus on Panama)
      • Spring 2018: Bill Meier (focus on Europe)

Students pursuing departmental honors may, with the adviser’s approval, substitute a History Major Seminar for the Juniors Honors Tutorial (HIST 30153) as preparation for completing the honors thesis. This course may not be repeated for credit.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the major to be able to graduate.

 

Minor in History

The minor in history requires 18 hours, to be distributed as follows:

  • A minimum of nine hours of survey courses, drawn from at least three out of the following five categories:
    U.S.: HIST 10603, 10613 (or the Honors equivalents 20603, 20613)
    Europe: HIST 10203, 10213, 10223 (or 20203, 20213, 20223)
    Latin America: HIST 10923, 10933 (or 20923, 20933)
    Asia: HIST 10943, 10953 (or 20943, 20953)
    Middle East: HIST 10803, 10813
  • Six hours must be 30000 or above.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the minor to be able to graduate.

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Teacher Certification in History

To pursue a history degree in conjunction with teacher certification, students should consult Dr. Diana Woolsey, the Director of Teacher Certification, in the College of Education.

 

Additional Information

Departmental Honors
History majors who plan to pursue departmental honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in HIST 30153 during their junior year and HIST 40103 during the fall semester of their senior year. They may, with the approval of the adviser, substitute the History Major Seminar for the Juniors Honors Tutorial (HIST 30153) as preparation for completing the honors thesis.

Grades and credits
The Pass/NC option is not permitted in courses taken for the major or minor.

Courses may not count for both major and minor requirements. For example, if you had a history major and an Asian studies minor, HIST 10943 (Asian Civilizations to 1700) could count toward the requirements for the minor OR the requirements for the major, but not both.

Please note: We make every effort to keep this information up-to-date, but always consult the current TCU catalog for the most recent and accurate information on all requirements.