Department of History

General Information | Degree Requirements | Minors in Geography and Race and Ethnicity | Courses in History, Geography, & Race and Ethnicity

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Chairperson:
Kirk, John A., Donaghey Professor

Professors:
Anson, Edward M.
Baldwin, Deborah J.
Kaiser, Thomas E.
Lewis, Johanna Miller
Moneyhon, Carl H.
Smoller, Laura A.
Vinikas, Vincent A.

Associate Professors:
Hupp, Clea B.
Maguire, Moira J.
Mann, Kristin Dutcher
Ross, James

Assistant Professors:
Key, Barclay T.
Kyong-McClain, Jeffrey
Porter, Jess C.
Romney, Charles
Romney, Susanah Shaw

The History Department program is designed to implement the following objectives:

  • to prepare undergraduate majors for advanced training in history,
  • to train students to teach in the secondary schools,
  • to provide instruction for the University’s Core Courses in History (HIST) curriculum program, and to actively engage with the wider community, and
  • to actively engage with the wider community and to promote awareness of public history.

The History Department is committed to the on-going process of assessing the effectiveness of our programs and courses.

General Information

Major in History

The history major must complete Core Requirements (44 hours), Secondary Language Proficiency, and 36 credit hours of history, including HIST 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312, and at least 24 hours of upper-level history courses which must include HIST 4309. All students who are history majors must have C or greater in HIST 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312, or equivalent courses. The program must include at least six upper-level hours of United States history and at least six upper-level hours of non-United States history. Additionally, history majors with senior status (90 or more hours including UALR and transfer work) must take at least one three-hour capstone experience seminar prior to graduation.

All students are advised to take HIST 1311 and 1312 before taking upper-level courses in European history and HIST 2311 and 2312 before taking upper-level courses in American history. Students preparing to study history beyond the bachelor’s degree level are strongly advised to master at least one foreign language before graduation. Students preparing for advanced work should seek specific advising from a member of the department at their earliest opportunity.

Minor in History

A minor in history requires 18 hours, including HIST 2311*, 2312*, and 12 hours of upper-level history courses. *Note: Also counts toward the core.

Secondary Teacher Licensure

See “Secondary Teacher Licensure.” for details or consult the History Department Web Site.

History Honors Program

To graduate with Honors from the History Department, a student must have a 3.25 overall grade point average and a 3.5 in History courses. Honors students must also complete an Honors Thesis; students will take an Honors Thesis course (HIST 4322) that involves individual work with a faculty member, is worth 3 credit hours, and will count as part of the 36 hour requirement for the History Major. The thesis will be a research project done under the direction of one faculty member, and the topic must be approved by a Thesis Committee consisting of that faculty member and two others. A recommendation by the Thesis Committee is required for the student to graduate with Honors.


Bachelor of Arts in History

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (36 hours)

World History Surveys (6 hours)
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I (Also counts toward the core.)
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II (Also counts toward the core.)
US History Surveys (6 hours)
    HIST 2311 US History to 1877 (Also counts toward the core.)
    HIST 2312 US History since 1877 (Also counts toward the core.)
Methods Class (3 hours)
    HIST 4309 The Historian’s Craft
Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

Students are required to take one of the following:

    HIST 4391 Seminar in US History
    HIST 4393 Seminar in World History
    HIST 4396 Seminar in Arkansas History
Program Electives (18 hours)
    Upper-level US history electives (6 hours)
    Upper-level Non-US history electives (6 hours)
    Upper-level electives in either US or Non-US history (6 hours)

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in History Secondary Education

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit (See page 25 for requirement details.)

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (36 hours)

World History Surveys (6 hours)
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I (Also counts toward the core.)
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II (Also counts toward the core.)
US History Surveys (6 hours)
    HIST 2311 US History to 1877 (Also counts toward the core.)
    HIST 2312 US History since 1877 (Also counts toward the core.)
Methods Class (3 hours)
    HIST 4309 The Historian’s Craft
Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

Students are required to take one of the following:

    HIST 4391 Seminar in US History
    HIST 4393 Seminar in World History
    HIST 4396 Seminar in Arkansas History
Program Electives (15 hours)
    Upper-level US history electives (3 hours)
    Upper-level Non-US history electives (6 hours)
    Upper-level electives in either US or Non-US history (6 hours)

Minor (Secondary Education)

The following minors are mandatory for the History / Secondary Education program:

Minor in Social Studies (21-30 hours)

See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” section for details.

Minor in Secondary Education (18 hours)

See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” section for details.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Other Programs


Minor in Geography

Jess C. Porter, Coordinator

A geography minor consists of 18 hours, including 1311 Introduction to Physical Geography and 2312 Cultural Geography, plus 12 additional hours of geography courses. For more information, contact the coordinator at (501) 569-8730.

The following courses in geography may be used to complete the geography minor, to meet core curriculum requirements, and to meet part of the bachelor of arts in liberal arts program requirements.

Courses in Geography

Minor in Race and Ethnicity

John Kirk, Ph.D.
Chair and Donaghey Professor, History

Michael R. Twyman, Director, Institute on Race and Ethnicity

Advisors: John Kirk, Ph.D.
John W. Miller, Jr., Ph.D.

UALR History Department in Conjunction with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity offers a minor in Race and Ethnicity.

Required courses (6 hours)
    RACE 2301 – Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
    HIST/RACE 4356/5356 – History of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

    [Beginning 2012 – 2013 Academic year RACE 2301 will be offered in the fall semester and RACE/HIST 4356/5356 will be offered in the spring semester.]
Elective courses (12 hours selected from the list below)
    ANTH 3312 North American Indians
    ANTH 4398 Race and Human Variation
    CRJU 3310 Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    MCOM 4384 Special Topics: Images of Minorities in the Media
    ENGL 3326 African American Literature I
    ENGL 3327 African American Literature II
    ENGL 4350 Black Women’s Activism and Literature
    SOCI 3340 Experiences of Black Americans
    SOCI 3330 Minority Groups
    SOCI 4395 Special Topics: Native American History
    HIST 3355 American Civil War and Reconstruction 1848-1876
    HIST 3371 Colonial Latin America
    HIST 3380 The Indian in American History
    HIST 4327 Africa in World History
    HIST 4328 South Africa in World History
    HIST 4338 Holocaust
    HIST 4358/5358 Civil Rights Movement Since 1954
    HIST 4368 African American History to 1865
    HIST 4369 African American History from 1866
    HIST 4378 The History of U.S.-Latin America Relations
    PHIL 4373 Philosophy of Race
    MGMT 4391 Employment Law
    MUHL 3361 Jazz History and Styles
    SPAN 3335 Las Culturas de Las Americas
    SPCH 4312 Intercultural Communication


Courses in Race and Ethnicity (RACE)

RACE 2301 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
This course provides an overview of the key concepts and issues in the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity. The course serves as an introduction to complex issues such as the social construction of race and ethnicity, white privilege, the role of media in that construction, the effect of immigration on conversations about race, individual and institutional discrimination, multiple differences and intersecting oppressions. Students will explore their own racial identities, biases, and prejudices. Course materials facilitate engagement in critical analysis of textual and statistical information from a variety of disciplinary sources. This course is required for the minor in Race and Ethnicity. Three credit hours.

HIST/RACE 4356 History of Race and Ethnicity in America
A survey of the history of race and ethnicity in the United States from prehistory to present with a special focus on selected topics in the experience of African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans. Dual listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as HIST/RACE 5356. Three credit hours.

RACE 4100/4200/4300 Independent Study Race and Ethnicity
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. This course is available to students minoring in Race and Ethnicity only. For the student of superior ability who wishes to pursue research in the field. One, Two, or Three credit hours.