History 8-12, Teaching Certificate
Required courses in the major (39 sh)
HIST 253 - Reading and Writing History Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the discipline of history as it is taught at the college level. Students will discover how and why historians debate issues of evidence and interpretation. By studying the “history of history,”students will learn to distinguish between various schools or styles of academic history; to improve reading, note-taking, and library skills; and to formulate meaningful thesis statements. Students will apply the lessons of the course in a hands-on research experience which will result in the preparation and presentation of a finished historical essay in approved scholarly form.
HIST 303 - Historical Geography Hours: 3
A study of the various ways in which history has affected and has been affected by geography, including but not limited to physical, political, cultural, and environmental elements. Topics may include the emergence of ancient civilizations, the spread of Islam, and global commercial relations. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Hist 253
HIST 305 - World History: Origins through the Seventeenth Century
World History differs from traditional Western Civilization not only in its greater geographic scale but also its longer chronological scope. This course begins with the earliest human tribal organizations. Consideration of the ancient period will also include the development of cradles of civilization, the growth and decline of classical cultures, interactions among classical and nomadic peoples, and the establishment of great world religions. The study of the medieval period will include varieties of rebuilding after the collapse of classical empires, the roles played by great world religions in medieval cultures, the development of technologies of communication and transportation, and the interactions among settled and nomadic peoples. Topics considered in the early modern period include the voyages of exploration and early colonization efforts by China and Europe, and the impact of emerging globalization. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 306 - The Emergence of the Modern World Hours: 3
This course covers the period from 1500 to the present and will focus on the ecological conditions of globalization, the rise of “formal” imperialism, and the construction and maintenance of colonial/imperial states. Themes covered will include paths to modernity, non-western philosophies of resistance, technological revolutions, and the intersections of world thought, religion, trade, and economy. Special emphasis will be given to the non-Western world. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 360 - Themes in World History Hours: 3
A study of the themes which influenced all human cultures from the earliest times to the present, considered within the context of a comparative framework. Such themes as the impact of technological change on society, the development of means of economic exchange and the structure of religious and ideological systems will be examined. Note May be repeated for credit up to nine semester hours as topics change.Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 400 - Controversies in History and Social Studies Hours: 3
This course will explore the relationships between and the intersections among the social studies content areas (history, government, economics, and geography). Student work will include analyses of content-area textbooks, state assessments, and established curriculums. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 415 - History of Texas Hours: 3
A topical examination of Texas history, this course covers material from the time of Spanish colonization to the present day. The state’s diversity and development take center stage, and the state’s history is placed in the context of national and global trends. This course examines political, economic racial, ethnic gender, and social issues in Texas history. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh early Europe
HIST 312 - Ancient and Medieval Europe Hours: 3
This course begins with a consideration of classical Greece and Rome, continues into the Late Antique period when classical culture gave way to medieval, and then through the European Middle Ages, ending about 1500. Continuity and change between the classical and post-classical periods will be examined from a variety of perspectives, including the fortunes of political, social, economic, and religious institutions; the forms and varieties of social organizations; the models and content of philosophy, literature, and the arts; and technology. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 315 - Early Modern Europe Hours: 3
This course focuses on Europe during the period when modernization and globalization began, roughly 1500-1789. The study of the transformation of Europe will focus on a variety of topics, including the Italian and Northern Renaissances; the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the invention of new technologies, especially those for communication, transportation, and military force; the emergence of scientific and Enlightenment philosophies; the development of and resistance to more powerful central governments and monarchies; and the interactions between Europe and the world, particularly Africa and the Americas. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh modern Europe
HIST 327 - Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1648-1848 Hours: 3
This course will explore European history from the Age of Louis XIV to the mid-nineteenth-century revolutions, tracing the changes in ideas about politics, governance, and society as they evolved from theories of divine rule to the realities of mass politics. Particular attention will be paid to the phenomena of absolutism and enlightened despotism, the general transformation of intellectual thought known as the Enlightenment, and the events leading up the French Revolution. Finally, the course will trace the impact of the French Revolution on European society, culture, and politics, highlighting the developments that made mass political participation possible. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 333 - Modern Europe, 1848-1991 Hours: 3
This course investigates the momentous events of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Europe and the impact of these developments on the rest of the world. Over the course of the semester, students will explore the formation of European nations, states, and empires; the emergence of ideologies such as nationalism, socialism, communism, and fascism; the impact of technological developments; and the devastation of the wars and genocides that have shaped the modern period. The course, framed by the Europe-wide upheavals of 1848 and 1991, gives special attention to the role of revolution, protest, and mass movements in Modern Europe, and the important contributions that Eastern Europe (including Russia) has made in shaping these events. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh Asia or Latin America
HIST 365 - History of Modern East Asia Hours: 3
A survey of developments in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on the impact of the West in the nineteenth century and modernization in the twentieth. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 375 - Colonial Latin America Hours: 3
This course offers an introduction to the history of Latin America from the late pre-Columbian period through the initial movements for independence. It will highlight the Amerindian, African, and European experiences in the colonization processes; as well as the colonial structures .Topics include Christianize, race and gender relations, political and economic systems, and the rise of Creole nationalism. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 385 - Latin America in the Modern Period Hours: 3
This course will examine Latin America since the independence process. It will study the obstacles confronted by the new nations, as well as themes such as the role of women in society, political violence and resistance, as well as the deepening links between Latin America and the world economy and its relationship with the United States. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh early U.S.
HIST 402 - Colonial North America to 1775 Hours: 3
This course explores the lives and cultures of American Indians,Europeans, and Africans/African Americans in North America, and the experience of colonialism, from the Precontact Period through the imperial crisis leading to the American Revolution. Topics covered include the conflict and cooperation between natives and newcomers,the role of religion in the conquest and settlement of the continent, the economic and political development of British America, the pivotal role of slavery, the evolving social structures of colonial communities, and the souring of relations between the British mainland colonies and Great Britain in the 1770s. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 403 - Revolutionary America and the Early National United States, 1775-1850 Hours: 3
This course examines the rise, progress, and ramifications of the American Revolution that created the United States of America, from its beginnings in the1770s through the development of a radically democratic nation by 1850. Topics covered include the social, economic, and political maturation of British colonial America preceding the Revolution; the War for Independence and the creation of nationhood; the later consequences of independence; the role of religion in early national American society; the conflicts leading to American Indian removal; and the debates over constitutionalism, federalism, slavery and states’ rights that divided North from South. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh modern U.S.
HIST 407 - Emergence of Modern America, 1850-1920 Hours: 3
This course examines the final crisis between the sections over the issue of slavery which produced Civil War, slavery’s destruction, and opened a long tortured effort fully define citizenship for those freed from slavery’s grasp. Industrialization and its complications brought political radicalism and demands for reform. Economic growth helped fuel expansion overseas, greater involvement in international affairs, and involvement in the First World War. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
HIST 409 - The Twentieth-Century United States Hours: 3
The cataclysm of World War I produced international economic catastrophe, masked initially in America by an emerging consumer economy and the Jazz Age. Economic depression produced a climate in which the government became insurer of general prosperity. World War II ended the Great Depression, produced the modern middle-class, but also began a period of prolonged international competition with the Soviet Union. Despite prevailing over communism, the United States closed the century facing international uncertainty and economic limits. Prerequisite and/or Corequisite Majors: Hist 253. Non-Majors: may enroll with consent of instructor.
Plus 3 sh from
any 300- or 400-level Hist course
Teacher Education Courses (21 sh)
RDG 380 - Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools
This course provides an understanding of factors which influence learning from content area text and teaches specific instructional strategies which promote comprehension, vocabulary development, effective study strategies, and test-taking skills. Includes ways to modify text for diverse learners. Attention is given to the principles of research-based reading instruction.
SED 300 - The Teaching Profession Hours: 3
This course provides prospective teachers with a beginning foundation for understanding learners, enhancing student achievement, and understanding the teaching environment. The course will emphasize the structure, organization, management, and governance of the American school system and current issues related to the semiprofessional legal, ethical, and multicultural foundations of teaching also will be discussed. Prerequisite passing scores on TASP with a minimum reading score of 250. Note Thirty clock hours of professional field experiences are required.
SED 302 - Teaching Styles and Learning Styles in Pluralistic Field-Based Environments Hours: 3
Affords an experiential component in which public school teachers demonstrate ways to adapt their teaching styles to accommodate students’ learning style preferences. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and assisting middle/secondary public school teachers in classroom situations. Prerequisite SEd 300 and Psy 300
SED 401 - Curriculum, Teaching Strategies, and Classroom Assessment in Pluralistic Field-Based Environments Hours: 3
An experiential component in which public school teachers design and implement culturally diverse curriculum and model the use of a variety of teaching strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Special attention will center on the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and testing. Prospective teachers will achieve knowledge and skill by observing and assisting middle/high school public school teachers in classroom situations. Prerequisite SEd 302 and 404
SED 404 - Internship in Secondary Teaching Hours: 3
Supervised intern experiences in the secondary school classroom. Regular seminar sessions will focus on concerns directly related to secondary teaching. Prerequisite SEd 300 and Psy 300. Note The course is to be taken the semester preceding full-time student teaching.
ED 405 - Residency in Secondary Teaching Hours: 6
Directed teaching for one full semester in the secondary school.
Support Courses (3 sh)
PSY 300 - Learning Processes and Development Hours: 3
A course designed to provide the student with information about the application of psychological theory to the learning processes and development of children and adolescents. Principles and procedures of measurement and evaluation are also included. The primary objective is to facilitate a clear understanding of the complex, dynamic processes of learning and development. Note This course is required as part of the Teacher Preparation ProgramTexas Common Course Number (PSYC 2306)