History

Fred A. Bailey, Chair    
ACU Box 28130
Abilene, Texas 79699-8130
Hardin Administration Building, Room 324

Phone: 325-674-2544
Fax: 325-674-2369
Email: baileyf@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/history

Faculty
Fred A. Bailey, Professor
Mark Cullum, Assistant Professor
Ronald Morgan, Associate Professor
Ed Robinson, Assistant Professor
Tracy Shilcutt, Associate Professor
Vernon L. Williams, Professor
Allan Yarema, Associate Professor  

Majors: History (BA)
               History (One Field Teacher Certification  Grades 8-1 (BS) 
               
Social Studies for Teachers (Grades 8-12) (BS)

Minor:   History  

The Department of History offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in history, the Bachelor of Science degree in History (One-Field Teacher Certification Grades 8-12) and social studies for teachers (Grades 8-12). A minor in history or ethnic and women’s studies may be added to other majors. 

Introduction

The Department of History seeks to help students comprehend the present state of the world through a study of some of the essential currents of the past. The department strives to provide an understanding of the experiences of mankind, to stimulate thought concerning various institutions and ideas, and to promote ethical standards in keeping with the Christian faith.

There is an attractive future for those who specialize in history, including such areas as the following:

  • College Teaching. This is one of the most desirable careers for history majors. For those who go on to a master’s degree, openings may be available in junior colleges. Senior college positions may be available to those who attain the PhD.
  • Government Service. Careers for historians exist in local, state and federal governments.
  • Graduate Studies. History is an exceptionally good area for preparation for graduate studies in fields that require broad, liberal arts education at the undergraduate level.
    Journalism. History is splendid preparation for students who seek graduate study and careers in journalism.
  • Law. History is one of several fields especially suitable as pre-law education.
    Museums, Archives and Libraries. The creation of special documents collections, presidential libraries, research centers and historical society museums has increased opportunities for persons with history training. Additional technical training may be required.
  • High School Teaching. Teaching history in high schools requires state certification. Certification may be obtained by combining the Bachelor of Arts degree in history with specific education courses needed for teacher certification or by completing the Bachelor of Science degree in social studies for teachers (Grades 8-12).

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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HISTORY (BA)     

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to this program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the 
ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog 
 

BA: HISTORY DEGREE PLAN (HIST)

 

 
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Lower Level Requirements

    HIST 117 Civilization I 

    HIST 118 Civilization 

    HIST 221 American History I 

    HIST 222 American History II 

Upper Level Requirements

    HIST 353 Historical Methods (writing-intensive course) 

    Advanced United States Selections 

    Advanced Non-United States Selections 

Other Required Courses

    GEOG 354 Cultural Geography 

    Sophomore English Literature   

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222 

    Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231,

         MUSM 232, MUSM 233THEA 220 or THEA 250 

TOTAL 

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

 

3

15

15

 

3

3

6

 

(3)1

54

ELECTIVES  

A minor is optional as part of the electives.

Minimum 

 

18

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

 

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

 

Minimum GPA in major 

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

2.25

2.00

33

128

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HISTORY (ONE-FIELD TEACHER CERTIFICATION GRADES 8-12) (BS)   

 

BS: HISTORY (ONE-FIELD TEACHER CERTIFICATION GRADES 8-12) DEGREE PLAN (HSTT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Teaching Field

    HIST 117 Civilization I 

    HIST 118 Civilization II 

    HIST 221 American History I 

    HIST 222 American History II 

    HIST 480 Texas History 

    HIST 496 History for Teachers 

    18 hours of advanced history evenly distributed between U.S.

         history, European history, and non-European world cultures;   

         must include one writing-intensive course 

TOTAL

Other Required Courses

    ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics

    POLS 226 States and Federal System 

    SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity 

TOTAL 

 1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

(3)¹

3

3

3

 

 

18

33

 

3

(3)¹

3

6

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and

         Multicultural Perspectives 

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

    EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media 

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas

    SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs

         (writing-intensive course)

TOTAL

 

3

3

3

3

6

3

 

3

24

ELECTIVES  

 

Minimum 

 

9

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

 

72

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

 

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

2.75

33

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SOCIAL STUDIES FOR TEACHERS GRADES 8-12 (BS)    

 BS: SOCIAL STUDIES FOR TEACHERS (GRADES 8-12) DEGREE PLAN (HSST)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHING FIELD  

Social Studies

    HIST 117 Civilization I 

    HIST 118 Civilization II 

    HIST 221 American History I* 

    HIST 222 American History II* 

    HIST 404 The Gilded Age or

         HIST 405 U.S. History Since 1920 

    HIST 411 Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Civilization or

         HIST 412 Hellenistic and Roman Civilizations or

         HIST 413 The Medieval Era 

    HIST 472 Renaissance and Reformation or

         HIST 474 Recent Europe 

    HIST 496 History for Teachers 

    GEOG 235 World Geography 

    GEOG 354 Cultural Geography 

    ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics 

    ECON 261 Principles of Microeconomics 

    POLS 225 National Government or

         POLS 226 States and Federal System

    POLS 384 American Judicial Process or

         POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights 

    POLS 381 American Political Process  or

         POLS 491 Recent Political Theory or

         POLS 492 American Political Thought 

    PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology 

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

TOTAL 

*All non-transfer students must take HIST 221 and 222 in residence.

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements

 and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

(3)¹

3

 

3

 

 

3

 

3

3

3

3

(3)¹

3

 

3

 

3

 

 

3

3

3

45

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

    EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and

         Multicultural Perspectives 

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology 

    EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media   

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods 

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching 

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas 

    SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs

         (writing-intensive course) 

TOTAL 

 

3

3

3

3

6

3

 

3

24

ELECTIVES  

 

Minimum 

 

6

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

 

75

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program;
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit;
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate’s chosen content field;
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a “C” (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required  English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on the reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration. Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee;
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives;
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211;
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook;
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computer-based score of 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all majors courses.
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work. Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development.

 

Note:

A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed – academic or otherwise
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidate’s academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee
 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

 

Minimum GPA for graduation 

Minimum advanced hours 

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

2.75

33

131

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Minor in History   

 

 MINOR: HISTORY (HIST)  

  

  Choose from: HIST 100-499 

    Choose from: HIST 300-499 

TOTAL 

 

12

6

18

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions  section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of History include those with the following designations: GEOG HIST.

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