“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”-J.P. Hartley Join the History Department! Travel to exotic, distant lands. Meet exciting, unusual people….your ancestors.
Everybody needs History. • So you want to be a History major. • What you can do with a History degree. • Graduate History at TAMUK. • Meet the History department. • Course Descriptions. • Student Organizations
History Fits Your Degree Plan • General Education Requirements • U.S. History: HIST 1301 and HIST 1302 • Any HIST exclusive of Texas and/or U.S. History • Most education majors take HIST 3346 Texas History • Engineers must take one advanced history or political science course. See Course Listings • Business Majors • Ag & Human Sciences: HIST 2321 or 2322 fulfills Gen Ed requirements.
What can you do with an undergraduate degree in history? • A history degree is leadership training. • History prepares communicators. • Historians and business. • Historians in the legal professions. • Information Management. • Teaching History.
Majoring in History* • Introductory Courses. • U.S. History Surveys (6 credits) • World Civilization Courses (6 credits) • HIST 3301 Historical Methods. • One advanced course each from three of the following areas: U.S., Latin American, European, or Non-Western history. • One Topics Course. 33 credit hours of history (21 advanced) *Degree Plans vary: B.A. History, B.A. History with Teaching Cert.; B.A. Social Studies Composite (see advisor for details).
History outside the United States • HIST 2321 The Development of World Civilization (to 1500) • HIST 2322 The Development of World Civilization (since 1500) • HIST 3312 Europe in the Middle Ages • HIST 3314 Great Britain since 1603 • HIST 3316 Europe, 1815-1914 • HIST 3318 Europe since 1914 • HIST 3320 Russia • HIST 3350 Latin America • HIST 3356 Mexico • HIST 3360 Women in History • HIST 3370 Asian History • HIST 4324 Technology and Society • Topics courses in European, Latin American, and Non-Western History
U.S. HISTORY COURSES • HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1877 • HIST 1302 U.S. History since 1877 • HIST 3332 American Controversy and Conflict • HIST 3334 The Civil War and Reconstruction • HIST 3336 America’s Rise to World Power • HIST 3338 The United States Since 1945 • HIST 3340 United States Social and Cultural History • HIST 3342 United States Foreign Policy • HIST 3344 American Frontier • HIST 3346 Texas History • HIST 3348 History of the Mexican American • Topics courses
Topics Courses These courses are intensive seminars on specialized topics, culminating in the production of a significant research paper. For examples of previous offerings, see below. • HIST 4370 Crucial Topics in European History • HIST 4392 Crucial Topics in Latin American History • HIST 4396 Crucial Topics in Non-Western History • HIST 4380 Crucial Topics in United States History Each history major must take at least one topics course to graduate.
ProfessorTerrence J. Barragy Russia, U.S. Military, Diplomatic, Texas Longhorns ProfessorSonny B. Davis Brazil, South America, Latin America-United States Relations, Latin American Military, Portugal and Spain ProfessorHarry R. Huebel American Social and Cultural, Environmental, American Culture of the 1950s and 1960s.
Regents Professor Leslie Gene Hunter • American West, Southwest, Methods of Historical Research. • Associate Professor Dean T. Ferguson • France, Early Modern and Medieval Europe, Cultural History • Associate Professor Larry Knight • Texas, Urban History, Gilded Age, U.S. Civil War
Associate Professor Brenda Melendy • Germany, Modern Europe, Holocaust, Africa • Assistant Professor Michael Houf • China/Asia, Middle East, Hong Kong Assistant Professor Shannon L. Baker Mexican History, with an emphasis on early 19th century; Mexican American History.
Assistant Professor Roger Tuller • U.S. Constitutional and Legal History; U.S. to 1815; Texas History • Emeritus Professor Ward Sloan Albro III • Mexican-American, Latin America, Mexican Revolution, Mexican Culture. Administrative Assistant Carolyn Kupke RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Recent Books from the History Department * *Since 1996
TAMUK History trains leaders “History is management training by example.” Famous History Majors George W. Bush Woodrow Wilson Newt Gingrich Richard Nixon Teddy Roosevelt Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez TAMUK History Graduate Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.
History develops great communicators. “Anybody can make history. Only a great man, [or woman] can write it.” –Oscar Wilde Chris Berman ESPN founder If you want to write, edit or produce, history training is a good place to start. Michael Palin of Monty Python
Historians in business. • Skills Historians Bring to Business • Archives and records management. • Research and writing company histories. • Record evaluation and reporting. • Researching land use histories or prior mineral claims. • Providing company background for promotional campaigns.
Historians and the Legal Professions A history degree trains graduates to read and understand large quantities of information, to think critically and problem solve, to communicate effectively, and to research efficiently. These are all skills needed in legal professions. Nancy Carter (1963) Professor of Law and Director of Pardee Legal Research Center, San Diego California
HISTORIANS AS INFORMATION MANAGERS Archivists Records Managers Librarians Information Managers Cecilia Aros Hunter, (1976) Archivist South Texas Archives Bruce Schueneman Professor, Systems Librarian and Head of Systems Department James C. Jernigan Library
Teaching History : A Noble Profession TAMUK History Department trains South Texas Teachers* Gavin Levy (2001) Austin ISD Marshall Schlessiger (2002) George West ISD Max DeBoard (2000) Floresville ISD Alex Richards (2000) Tuloso Midway ISD Steven Greek (1999) Harlingen ISD Cassie Rincones (2001) Alice ISD Wyndi Hanzelka (2002) Orange Grove ISD David Charles (2000) Eagle Pass ISD Jackie Hunter (2000) Premont ISD Donna J. Weber (2000) Calallen ISD Julie L. Brandt (1999) Alice ISD *partial list of recent graduates Carlos Blanton (1993) Assistant Professor of History Texas A&M
HIST 1301: American History to 1877 Required course for all majors. Narrates the story of American history from before Columbus to the end of Reconstruction. Subject Matter Conquest and colonization of North America. The American Revolution and formation of the United States. Manifest destiny and western expansion. Economic and social development of U.S. Development of sectional crises. Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 1302: American History since 1877 Required course for all students United States’ history from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Subject Matter Gilded Age Industrialization Conflict from the Indian Wars to the Gulf War “Roaring 20s” to the “Great Depression” Segregation and the Civil Rights movement Rise of suburban America
HIST 2321 World Civilization to 1500 Subject Matter Stone Age Economics Early River Valley Civilizations Ancient Greece and Rome Early Chinese and Indian Society History of the Great Religions Trade and Urbanization Medieval Society IT FULFILLS YOUR DEGREE PLAN ** Literature, Philosophy, Modern or Classical Language/Literature and Cultural Studies Required: 3 semester credit hours see Note 1 (Literature/philosophy**) See TAMUK Catalog p. 67 and consult your advisor.
Subjects include 1492: The Columbian Encounter Renaissance and Reformation Atlantic Slave Trade Industrial Revolution in Europe 1776-1848 The Atlantic Revolutions World Wars 1914-1945 Comparative Genocides Globalization and Global Commerce HIST 2322: World Civilization SINCE1500 Literature, Philosophy, Modern or Classical Language/Literature and Cultural Studies Required: 3 semester credit hours see Note 1 (Literature/philosophy**) See TAMUK Catalog p. 67 and consult your advisor.
HIST 3301: Historical Methods 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. South Texas Archives Required for all History Majors and Minors
HIST 3312 Europe in the Middle Ages Political, economic, and cultural developments in Europe from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. The age of chivalry, romance, and faith.
HIST 3338: The United States Since 1945 Topics: Post-war abundance, the Cold War, social and cultural changes, the Vietnam era, and the post-Nixon years. Let us study invisibility, webworking, psychic nomadism—and who knows what we might attain?
HIST 3344 American Frontier The influence of successive frontiers upon American political, economic, and social developments from the earliest settlements to 1890.
Native Peoples of Texas. Spanish/Mexican background of Texas history. What really happened at the Alamo? The Cattle Kingdoms Black Gold Texas Politics from LBJ to “Dubya” HIST 3346 Texas History
HIST 3348: History of the Mexican American • Topics of interest include: • Affects of the • U.S.-Mexican War • The Great Migration • The Impact of World • War II • The Chicano Movement
HIST 3350 Latin America Topics Indian and Iberian Roots of Latin America Conquest and colonization Religious, economic, and political foundations Independence movements Revolution and counter-revolution U.S. and Latin American Relations The future of Latin America
HIST 3356: History of Mexico • Topics of interest include: • The Mayas and Aztecs • The Independence Wars • Santa Anna • The Revolution • The Modern Political System
HIST 4324 Technology and Society A study of technology and society from the perspective of social values, ethics, sociology, social environment, politics and economics.
HIST 4370 Topics in European History HIST 4370: TOPICS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY Blood, sex, and magic: Histories of private ritual in early modern Europe
History 4380 Biography as History:The Revolutionary Generation • Examine the lives of the men and women who invented America • What can their lives tell us about the times in which they lived? • How did their personalities affect the nation they created? • How has the way we have told their stories changed over time?
HIST 4380: Topics in American History--U.S. MILITARY HISTORY Potential Topics: Principles of Warfare Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans Custer’s Last Stand Trench Warfare during World War I General George S. Patton Carlos Hathcock, America’s Greatest Sniper The Persian Gulf War (I and II) **Fulfills Social Science or Humanities Elective Consult your advisor before enrolling.
Student Organizations Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society Robert J. Kleberg History Society
Robert J. Kleberg History Club (since 1925) The oldest student club at TAMUK is open to all students, regardless of major. RJK visit to Monterrey (2001) In recent years, members have participated in the Hispanic Heritage Festival, and have organized trips to professional conferences in Monterrey, Mexico and New Orleans. RJK visit to Mexico 1926
Phi Alpha Theta Phi Alpha Theta is the international honor society for history students. ΦАθ Open to History Majors with at least 60 hours towards a BA degree, rank in the upper 1/3rd of their class, have at least 12 hours in history with a 3.00 GPA, and maintain at least a 3.0 overall. For more information: www.phalphatheta.org
BACK Graduate Study in History at TAMUK Distinguished Graduates Calvin Blacklock, MA; administrator with CCISD Mario Cardenas, MA; Instructor, Southwest Texas Junior College Lee Carter, BA, MA; Professor, University of Oklahoma John Gonzalez, MA; Professor, Texas Southern University William Leckie, BA, MA; Academic Vice President, University of Toledo Jim Marcum, MA; Professor, Oklahoma Baptist University Manuel Medrano, BA, MA; Associate Professor, UT Brownsville Michelle Riley, MA; Instructor, Del Mar College Mary Jo O’Rear, MA; Instructor, Del Mar College Howard Stansell, MA; PhD. Vanderbilt University The Masters program of the Department of History has been in existence for almost sixty years beginning graduate teaching in June, 1936. The first seven departments to offer Masters of Arts and Masters of Science degrees were: Agricultural Education, Chemistry, Economics, Education, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Since 1936 the History Department has successfully prepared graduate students for further study or positions in secondary and post-secondary education.