History (B.A.)

A degree in History is very pliable. It affords graduates an opportunity to get into a variety of careers, ranging from education and business to writing and public service. The most obvious choice for many History majors is teaching, either in SDA or public schools. While History paired with education courses and certification prepares students to teach, many will choose to also add graduate courses later. If you don't want to teach, a degree in History produces exactly the type of graduate the American and international business communities are looking for—people who can think about trends, explore options, and put initiatives into effect.

Teaching is the obvious job people associate with a History degree, but the opportunities are much broader than that. History serves as a great background for jobs in journalism, libraries, public service, public policy, politics, or private business. You may want to pair a History degree with another discipline to open even more doors.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for people with History degrees to increase 11% by 2018. Unemployment for people with History degrees has been about 6.5% in the early 2010s, compared to a national average of 8%. Collegegathering. com reports that the outlook is particularly good for people who can marry the research and analytical skills of history to other jobs.

Earnings

Earnings will vary by job and region. However, here are some earning ranges for a variety of careers: high school history teacher, $30,000 to $63,000; lawyer, $43,000 to $116,000; paralegal, $27,000 to $70,000.

Educational Qualifications

A history degree will help many graduates get entry-level jobs. However, pairing the degree with a graduate degree will usually bring higher rewards. Some careers, such as being a lawyer or teaching in college, mandate graduate degrees.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

HIST 111 US History, 1492–1865 .....................................16

HIST 112 US History, 1492–1865

HIST 201 Historical Methods

HIST 211 History of Western Civilization I

HIST 212 History of Western Civilization II

HIST 475 Portfolio Development 

 

History electives (nine hours must be non-US
courses. Non-US courses are marked with *)
..................21

HIST 320 American International Relations

HIST 326 From Colony to Nation, 1607–1783

HIST 331 History of Christianity I*

HIST 332 History of Christianity II 

HIST 345 Sectionalism and Civil War, 1836–1865

HIST 355 Reconstruction and Reunion, 1865–1917

HIST 360 History of the British Isles*

HIST 364 Ancient Cultures*

HIST 365 Global Power: US 1917–Present

HIST 370 East Asian History*

HIST 414 Early Modern Europe*

HIST 415 Texas and the West

HIST 424 Modern Europe*

HIST 430 Medieval Europe*

SPAN 315 Spanish Civilization and Culture, OR

SPAN 317 Spanish American Civilization
may be used to fulfill three hours
of the non-US requirement 

TOTAL: 37

REQUIRED COGNATES

POLS  Elective.................................................................................................3

Intermediate Year Foreign Language.....................................................6

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning...............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

HIST 111—American History, 1492–1865 ..............................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness...............................................3

Elem. Foreign Language ............................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Second Semester

HIST 112—American History, 1866 to Present.......................3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.........................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

RLGN (lower division) ..............................................................3

KINA activity ..............................................................................1

Elem. Foreign Language ............................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Second Year

HIST 211—Western Civilization I.............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitutions .......................... 3

Lab Science..................................................................................4

Soc/Beh Sci Elective....................................................................3

Inter. Foreign Language.............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

HIST 212—Western Civilization II ...........................................3

HIST 201—Historical Methods .................................................3

Lab Science..................................................................................4

COMM 111—Speech ..................................................................3

Inter. Foreign Language.............................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Third Year

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

ENGL Literature Elective ..........................................................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 15

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

HIST 312—Historical and Political Geography.......................3

RLGN Elective (Upper Division) .............................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

TOTAL: 15

Fourth Year

HIST 475—Portfolio Development...........................................1

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

Electives .......................................................................................9

KINA activity ..............................................................................1

TOTAL: 14

HIST Elective .............................................................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Electives .....................................................................................3

TOTAL: 12