Mar 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History


Sean P. Cunningham, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Bell, D’Amico, Howe, Iber, McBee, Stoll
Associate Professors: Adams, Barenberg, Bjerk, Brittsan, Calkins, Cunningham, Forsythe, Hahn, Hart, Levario, Milam, Mosher, Pelley, Swingen, Willet, Wong
Assistant Professors: Baum, Franklin, Johnson, Keyes, Legacey, Lutjens, Scharfe, Skidmore

CONTACT INFORMATION: 131 Holden Hall, Box 41013, Lubbock, TX 79409-1013, T 806.742.3744, F 806.742.1060,

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs:

The department also participates in a minor in women’s studies ; Honors College programs; and Arts and Sciences minors in Asian studies , community and urban studies , environmental studies , ethnic studies , European studies , family life studies , and religion studies .

The broad liberal arts foundation available through a major in history can deepen students’ understanding of the complex world in which they live, stimulate intellectual attitudes conducive to effective participation in contemporary society, and cultivate those mental skills required for meaningful employment in many areas of the modern economic system. A history student may consider a career in teaching within colleges, universities, or public schools; in park administration; in regional and local historical society work; in archives and records management; in museum work; in various branches of government work; and in business and industry generally. Many students use their undergraduate history major as a preparation for advanced studies in such areas as law, medicine, and theology. The Department of History boasts an outstanding and diverse faculty with expertise in a wide range of specializations. The department is particularly strong in the areas of international politics and political culture and United States history with an emphasis on the U.S. in a global context. It is also strong in Texas history, the history of the American west and southwest, and borderlands history; modern and early modern European history; and world history. The department maintains thematic strengths in the history of race, imperialism, and national identity; foreign relations, war and society/military history; gender and sexuality; memory, commemoration, and political culture; environmental history; business history; the history of technology; and religious history.

Undergraduate Program

Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study. Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program. All students following the 2017-2018 catalog should consult the catalog information specific to their program(s) of study for more information about their Communication Literacy requirement.

Note: All courses numbered at the 3000 and 4000 level are upper-division (or “advanced”) courses. Effective Fall 2017, all HIST courses at the 4000 level will qualify toward the university’s “Communication Literacy” requirement.  Additionally, all 4000 level HIST courses require junior standing and the consent of the instructor. A student must receive at least a C in any HIST course if it is to count toward the major or minor

Teacher Certification Track in Social Studies

The Department of History cooperates with the College of Education in offering a preparatory track for teacher certification in social studies for grades 7-12. This certification track is designed to prepare students for a teaching career in public education and to successfully pass the TExES teacher certification examination in social studies as administered by the Texas Education Agency. Students wishing to teach social studies for grades 7-12 should major in history while minoring in secondary education and should complete their certification through the Texas Tech University College of Education’s TechTeach program.

In order to fully understand the teacher certification process, students are strongly encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor in the Department of History and an advisor in the College of Education to learn more about teacher certification programs in the State of Texas and the requirements related to those programs.

Students wishing to teach social studies for grades 7-12 who are pursuing their certification through TechTeach should complete the following coursework, which fully incorporates all requirements necessary for a Bachelor of Arts in History:

  • 6 hours from HIST 1300  and HIST 1301  
  • 9 hours from HIST 2300 , HIST 2301 , and HIST 2310  
  • 6 hours from HIST 2322  and HIST 2323  
  • 24 hours in upper-division HIST courses, including
  • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000-level elective in U.S.
  • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000-level elective in European
  • 3 hours of 3000- or 4000-level elective in African, Asian, or Latin American
  • 6 hours of 3000- or 4000-level electives in any geographic area
  • 6 hours of 4000-level (communication literacy) electives in any geographic area
  • 3 hours of HIST 4398  
  • 6 hours from POLS 1301  and POLS 2306  
  • 3 hours of ECO 2305  (or 6 hours from ECO 2301  and ECO 2302 )
  • 4 hours of GEOG 1401  
  • 3 hours of PSY 1300  

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of History, visit the Graduate Programs  section.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

(Click on program for curricular table.)


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate Minor


      HIST - History (Undergraduate Courses)

      Courses are identified as follows: United States history = US; European history = E; African, Asian or Latin American history = AAL.

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