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Major & Minor

In the rapidly changing world of technology, information, and commerce in the twenty-first century, a major in History offers both the knowledge of the ages and the analytical skills that transcend mere trends and fads.  History majors develop a crucial sense of global perspective along with the abilities in critical thinking, objective research, and clear writing that are widely in demand in a number of professional fields. The major offers several internship possibilities with museums and archives.

Study in AddRan and get an education plus a career by combining a major in the Liberal Arts with a minor in general business, education, communications, or another of TCU's fine professional programs. A combined course of study enables graduates to compete and to rise in the ever-changing world.

Major requirements:

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

  • A minimum of 9 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. Geographic association is indicated by the abbreviations US, EU, LA, AS and ME.
  • History majors must take ADRN 20101, Make Your Major Work (a one-credit course). The department recommends that students take this course their sophomore year. This course was added to the major in August 2013; students who declared a history major before this time are encouraged but not required to take this course.
  • A minimum of 12 hours taken in courses numbered 30000 or above.
  • History majors must take the History Major Seminar (HIST 49903), a capstone research course. Topics vary by semester and instructor. The department recommends that this course be taken prior to the semester when the student plans to graduate. It is available to history majors only.
    • Upcoming History Major Seminars:
    • Fall 2016: Claire Sanders (focus on oral histories of European immigrants); Todd Kerstetter (focus on U.S. history via local archives)
    • Spring 2017: Alex Hidalgo (focus on Latin America)
    • Fall 2017: Hanan Hammad (focus on memory and experience in Middle Eastern history); 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 requirements:

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.

Additional information:

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.

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 1500) could count towards the requirements for the minor OR the requirements for the major, but not both.

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.

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.

Career possibilities:

Terrence Hood, Assistant Director of Career Services, is also the AddRan history liaison with the Career Services office. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with him to discuss networking, career contacts, resume and interview preparation, and job hunting for positions well suited for history majors. Contact him at (817) 257-2222 or t.hood@tcu.edu.