Jun 21, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

History, BA

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University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Science

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Science

I. Component Area Option

Foundation of Knowledge

Language Proficiency

Complete foreign language courses through the intermediate or advanced level as described.

  • History non-teaching track - nine hours.
  • History teaching track - nine hours.
  • Social Studies teaching track - six hours.

Additional Language, Philosophy and Culture

Complete three hours from the list below.  Must have a different prefix than the course selected for the Core Curriculum area labeled D. Language, Philosophy and Culture.

For Social Studies Teaching

Three hours from the English (ENGL) courses listed above.

History Major

Students pursuing a major in History will choose either a teaching, Social Studies teaching or non-teaching track. Consult your academic advisor for specific course selection. 

History Major Tracks

Select and complete one of the following tracks:

History Non-Teaching Track

Civilizations Option

Three hours from each of the following sets:

Required Courses

History Teaching Track

This track is for History Secondary Certification .

Independent Studies

One hour of:

Social Studies Teaching Track

This track is for Social Studies Secondary Certification .

Additional Advanced History

Complete additional advanced level History coursework as described.

  • History non-teaching track - six hours.
  • History teaching track - three hours.
  • Social Studies teaching track - six hours.

Professional Education Requirements

The following requirements are for:

  • History teaching track
  • Social Studies teaching track


Required for the History non-teaching track.  Complete an undergraduate academic minor.  Minor hours must include at least six advanced hours at SFA.

General Electives

The student may be required to complete additional elective hours to complete the degree. University Core Curriculum co-requisite lab hours will be applied to this area of the degree.

Total hours: 120

Double-dipping Rule

Double-dipping is using the same course to fulfill two different requirements in a degree plan. Normally, students may not double-dip more than six to seven hours across their degree plan. Anything beyond that must be approved by the dean.

Writing Requirement

All students completing a degree program in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts must meet the standards for writing in the discipline set by their major. Students should see their departmental advisor for those standards.

College Advanced Hours

A minimum of 33 hours of advanced coursework (courses numbered 3000-4999) is required.

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of at least C in each first-year English course (ENGL 1301 , ENGL 1302 )
  • A C average in work completed in the major field
  • A C average in work completed in the minor field

The required averages are based on those SFA courses taken in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan (CAPP). Transfer and advanced placement coursework are not included in GPA calculations.

In-Residence Requirement

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Undergraduate degrees require at least 25% semester credit hours completed in-residence.

Undergraduate degrees with 120 hours total degree program hours require a minimum of 30 advanced (upper level) in-residence semester credit hours. The in-residence hour requirement will be fulfilled as part of the individual discipline major, which includes as least 12 advanced in-residence semester credit hours. Minor requirements also may contribute to the total in-residence hours as at least six advanced in-residence semester credit hours are required. The balance of in-resident hours will be fulfilled through additional advanced semester credit hours and may include further major and minor coursework.

Undergraduate degrees with more than 120 total degree program hour requirements will ensure semester credit hours for the specific discipline include at least 25% of total semester credit hours in-residence.

View HOP policy 02-214.

Texas Success Initiative Program

All students must satisfy provisions of the Texas Success Initiative program. See the TSI information  bulletin page.

Degree Map

The following is the recommended sequence of course completion for this degree.

Freshman Year



Sophomore Year



Junior Year


  • Credit(s): 3
  • Advanced American History Credit(s): 3

  • HIST 2312 - Western Civilization II Credit(s): 3
  • or

  • HIST 2322 - World Civilizations II Credit(s): 3
  • Minor Credit(s): 6


Senior Year



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