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Academics

The TAMUK history major is designed to take students through a logical sequence of acquiring and strengthening the critical thinking, research, and writing skills fundamental to the study of history, and to many other related fields. 

Undergraduate Degrees

AREAS OF STUDY

Students can pursue studies in United States, Latin American, European, Asian, British, Brazilian, Military, Mexican American, Women in History, Economic or Texas History and prepare for a variety of history careers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

MAJOR

A major in History requires completion of 33 semester hours in History, consisting of five required courses and six elective courses.

MINOR

A minor in History requires completion of 21 semester hours in History, consisting of five required courses and two elective courses.

Course Descriptions

1301-1302.  American History. (HIST 1301) (HIST 1302)
A survey of the United States from the era of exploration to the present time.  HIST 1301 extends through the period of Reconstruction (1877), and HIST 1302 includes the period following Reconstruction to the present.

1310. Military History of the United States.
The military history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present.  May be substituted for either HIST 1301 or 1302.  Recommended for all ROTC students.

2321-2322.  The Development of World Civilization. (HIST 2321) (HIST 2322)
The rise and fall of great world civilizations from pre-literary times to the present.  Emphasis is on the political, religious, economic, and cultural characteristics of these civilizations and their contributions to the contemporary world.

3301. Methods of Historical Research.
Procedures and methods of historical research.  Introduction to types of historical data, the analysis of sources, the use of computer techniques in historical research, and the methods of historical writing.  Prerequisite:  6 semester hours of history.

4312. Europe in the Middle Ages.
Political, economic, and cultural developments in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4314. Great Britain Since 1603.
Britain from the union of England and Scotland through the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the rise and decline of the British Empire, to the present.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4316. Europe, 1815-1914.
Political, social and economic developments in Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I with emphasis on the rise of liberalism, nationalism, and imperialism.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4318. Europe Since 1914.
Political, social and economic developments in Europe from World War I to the present.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4320. Russia.
Russia from the earliest times to the present with emphasis on the Soviet period. Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4332. American Controversy and Conflict, 1816 to 1850.
Major questions of the period: sectionalism, national rights versus states’ rights, the slavery issue, expansion in the continental United States.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4334. The Civil War and Reconstruction.
Secession, formation of the Confederacy, military campaigns, and Reconstruction.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4336. America’s Rise to World Power.
Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, and World War II.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4338. The United States Since 1945.
Post-war abundance, the Cold War, social and cultural changes, the Vietnam era, and the post-Nixon years.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4340. United States Social and Cultural History.
The development of American society and culture with emphasis on religious trends, ethnic groups and the family.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4342. United States Foreign Policy.
American foreign relations from the Revolution to the present with emphasis on the 20th century.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4344. American Frontier.
The influence of successive frontiers upon American political, economic, and social development from the earliest settlements to 1890.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4346.  Texas History.
Spanish background, Anglo-American settlement, the Revolution and Republic, and statehood; economic, cultural, and political development.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4348. History of the Mexican-American in the Southwest.
A survey from the first Spanish settlers to the present.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4350. Latin America.
Historical background of contemporary Latin America.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4356. Mexico.
Political, economic, and social history of Mexico from pre-Columbian times to the present.  Emphasis on the last century.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4360. Women in History.
Investigation of the social, economic, and political position of women from the Renaissance to contemporary America and a comparison of the ideal expounded by different historical epochs with woman’s actual role in each society.  (Credit may not be obtained in both HIST 3360 and WMST 4360).  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4362. Economic History.
Historical development of concepts and practices regarding money, banking, industry and commerce, agribusiness, and labor.  Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of History and/or Political Science.

4370. Asian History.
An introduction to political, social, cultural, and economic Asian history from antiquity to the present.  Emphasis on the study not only of important Asian leaders, cultures, and societies, but also on the various religions and philosophies which originated in Asia.

3324. Technology and Society.
A study of technology and society from the perspective of social values, ethics, sociology, social environment, politics, and economics.  Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of History and 6 semester hours of Political Science.

4370. Crucial Topics in European History.
Intensive seminar on a specialized topic in European history, culminating in the production of a significant research paper.  Topics may include imperialism, revolution, genocide, witchcraft, family and private life, Atlantic World, European industrialization, and others.  May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.  Prerequisite: History 3301 and one other advanced history class.

4380. Crucial Topics in United States History.
Intensive seminar on a specialized topic in United States history, culminating in the production of a significant research paper.  Topics may include the colonial period, American Revolution, slavery, women’s rights, Civil War and Reconstruction, labor and industry, the Cold War, the Idea of the West, economic cycles of history, and others.  May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.  Prerequisite: History 3301 and one other advanced history class.

4392. Crucial Topics in Latin American History.
Intensive seminar on a specialized topic in Latin American history, culminating in the production of a significant research paper.  Topics may include: Colonial Latin America, the Latin-American military, U.S.-Latin American relations, the Southern Cone, and others. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.  Prerequisite: History 3301 and one other advanced history class.

4396. Crucial Topics in Non-Western History. 
Intensive seminar on specialized topics in Non-Western history, culminating in the production of a significant research paper.  Topics may include: Traditional China, Modern China, Problems of the People’s Republic, Urban Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.  Prerequisite: History 3301 and one other advanced history class.

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