History

Ron Morgan, Chair    
ACU Box 28130
Abilene, Texas 79699-8130
Hardin Administration Building, Room 324

Phone: 325-674-2370
Fax: 325-674-2369
Email: rxm03c@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/history

Faculty
Mark Cullum, Associate Professor
Kelly Elliott, Assistant Professor
Ronald Morgan, Professor
Tracy Shilcutt, Associate Professor
Vernon L. Williams, Professor
Allan Yarema, Associate Professor  

Majors: 
History (BA)
High School Teacher Certification -  History (BS)  
High School Teacher Certification - Social Studies (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 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. Certification to teach high school or social studies may be obtained by completing the Bachelor of Science degree in One-Field History or Social Studies for Teachers and passing the Texas state certification tests (content and pedagogy).  The Social Studies for Teachers prepares students to teach history, government, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology while the One-Field History prepares students to teach history.

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) 

   HIST 459 Historiography Seminar (capstone 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 parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

 

3

3

12

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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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION - HISTORY (BS)   

 

BS: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION - HISTORY DEGREE PLAN (HSTT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Teaching Field

    GEOG 354 Cultural Geography

    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 or ECON 261 Principles of     
         Microeconomics

    POLS 225 National Government or POLS 226 States and Federal System 

   SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity

   TOTAL 

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

 

3

3

3

(3)¹

3

3

3

 

 

18

36

 


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 (capstone course) 

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods (capstone course)

   EDUC 476 Effective Strategies for English Language Learners

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching (capstone course) 

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas

    SPED 371 Teaching Students With Special Needs

         (writing-intensive course)

TOTAL

 

3

3

3

3

3

6

3

 

3

27

ELECTIVES  
Minimum           3
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS         72
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  

In accordance with Texas state law, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section.

 

 
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

128

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HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION - SOCIAL STUDIES (BS)   

 BS: HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION - SOCIAL STUDIES FOR TEACHERS 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 451 American Diplomacy or

         HIST 481 Colonial America

    HIST 411 Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Civilization or

       HIST 412 Hellenistic and Roman Civilizations or

       HIST 413 The Medieval Era or 

       HIST 472 Renaissance and Reformation 

    HIST 436 History of Africa or HIST 478 Latin America Colonial Experience or

       or HIST 479 Latin American Modern Era or HIST 495 Far East in Modern Times

    HIST 480 Texas History

    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 or SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

TOTAL 

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

1Hours (in parentheses) 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

(3)¹

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 (capstone course)   

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods (capstone course) 

   EDUC 476 Effective Strategies for English language Learners

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching (capstone course)

    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

27

ELECTIVES  
Minimum 

3

 TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

75

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  
In accordance with Texas state law, students must meet the admission criteria described in the Teacher Education section.  
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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