School of Arts and Humanities
Historical Studies (B.A.)
Students who complete the major in Historical Studies may design distinctive degree programs by selecting among courses in historical and philosophical methods and approaches, traditional historical surveys, and specific historical and philosophical topics. Students are encouraged to focus their work in Historical Studies on a particular time or place, a significant theme, topic, or problem, or an approach to learning such as literature, the arts, ideas, science and technology, or the social sciences. Students may also be certified to teach history and/or social studies and/or English.
Since the following catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions available on the web site for the School of Arts and Humanities.
Courses in Historical Studies are open to all students in the university.
Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies Degree Requirements (120 hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours
- Communication (6 hours)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
- Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
- Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)
1Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
II. Major Requirements, Lower Division: 3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy or equivalent
III. Major Requirements, Upper Division: 42 hours
Major Core Courses (6 hours)
Major Distribution and Elective Courses (24 hours)
- 3 hours of upper-division courses from each of the following groups:
- European Historical Studies
- Asian, African, and Latin American Historical Studies
- Studies in Philosophy and Intellectual History
- Historical Studies with content before 1800
12 hours of upper-division Historical Studies electives
Major-Related Courses (12 hours)
Students may select any combination of upper-division courses in Art and Performance, Art History, Arts, Communications, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film Studies, Literature and Language, and/or Music.
2A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
IV. Elective Requirements: 33 hours
Advanced Electives (6 hours)
Students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division courses that have prerequisites.
Free Electives (15 hours)
Both upper-and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.