Department of History

Stabler Hall, room 601, (501) 569-3236, (501) 569-3059 (fax), ualr.edu/history

Chairperson:
Porter, Jess C., Associate Professor


Professors:
Anson, Edward M.
Baldwin, Deborah J.
Kirk, John A.
Lewis, Johanna Miller
Mann, Kristin Dutcher
Moneyhon, Carl H.


Associate Professors:
Key, Barclay
Romney, Charles
Ross, James

Assistant Professors:
Baylis, David
Heil, Michael
Marvin, Nathan
Mitchell, Brian
Yeaw, Katrina

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

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

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

General Information

Major in History

The history major must complete Core Requirements (35 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 UA Little Rock and transfer work) must take at least one three-hour capstone experience seminar prior to graduation. The History major also requires a minor. 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, choosing either HIST 1311 and 1312 or HIST 2311 and 2312 in addition to 12 hours of upper-level history courses.


Teacher Licensure (Minor in Education)

See “Minor in Education” 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.

Core (35 hours)

See General Education Requirements.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

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), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in History Education Track: Social Studies – 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 “Undergraduate Academic Advising.”)

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

History Major with Secondary Social Studies Concentration (58 hours)

HIST 1311 History of World Civilization I*
HIST 1312 History of World Civilization II*
HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877*
HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877*
HIST 4309 Historian’s Craft
HIST 4355 History of Arkansas

Social Studies Courses

ECON 2301 Survey of Economics*
OR ECON 2322 and ECON 2323 (Micro/Macroeconomics)
POLS 1310 American National Government*
POLS 2301 Introduction to International Politics
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience*
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology*
GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography*
OR GEOG 2310 World Regions
3 hours upper-level geography elective

Intermediate, (3rd semester or greater) proficiency in a second language Is required for this program.

*If taken as part of CORE, can also count toward major.

Minor in Education

The minor is mandatory for the Bachelor of Arts in History Education Track in Social Studies – History.

Licensure Area: Social Studies-History Education Minor (18 hours)

TCED 4383 Instructional Skills
TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners

Education Elective (3 hours; choose 1)

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
OR ELEM 2302 Growth and Child Development
OR MCED 4310 Content Area Literacy

TCED 4330 Classroom Management
HIST 4600 Internship

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

Unrestricted General Electives

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

Praxis II Licensure Exams:

Students earning the BA in History and Education must also pass the following Praxis II licensure exams:

Social Studies: Content Knowledge and Interpretation – 5086
Principles of Learning and Teaching, grades 7-12 – 5624


Bachelor of Arts in History Education Track: Social Studies – Political Science

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 “Undergraduate Academic Advising.”)

Core (35 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Political Science Major with Secondary Social Studies Concentration

POLS 1310 American National Government
POLS 2301 Introduction to International Politics•
POLS 4397 Teaching Applications

American Politics (choose 6 hrs from the following)

POLS 3300 American Political Parties
POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
POLS 3320 The American Presidency
POLS 3325 Legislative Process and Behavior
POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics
POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Government Powers
POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

International Politics (choose 6 hrs from the following)

POLS 3360 Comparative Government: Western
POLS 3365 European Union
POLS 3370 Comparative Government: Developing Areas
POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
POLS 4331 International Organizations
POLS 4340 International Relations

Normative and Empirical Analysis (choose one class from the following)

POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
POLS 3390 American Political Thought
POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory

Electives: 6 hrs POLS courses Social Studies Courses

ECON 2301 Survey of Economics*
OR ECON 2322 and ECON 2323 (Micro/Macroeconomics)
HIST 1311 History of Civilization I*
HIST 1312 History of Civilization II*
HIST 2312 US History Since 1877*
HIST 4355 Arkansas History
PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience*
SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology*
GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography*
OR GEOG 2310 World Regions
HIST 4197 Social Studies Teaching Practicum

*If taken as part of CORE, can also count toward major.

Minor in Education

The minor is mandatory for the Bachelor of Arts in History Education Track in Social Studies – Political Science.

Licensure Area: Social Studies-Political Science (Education Minor 18 hours)

TCED 4383 Instructional Skills
TCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Learners

Education Elective (3 hours; choose 1)

SPED 4301 Education of Exceptional Learners
OR ELEM 2302 Growth and Child Development
OR MCED 4310 Content Area Literacy

TCED 4330 Classroom Management
HIST 4600 Internship

NOTE: Education Minor Candidates must also complete a content methods course (or course pair) in their content area with a field placement in a K-12 classroom.

Unrestricted General Electives

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

Praxis II Licensure Exams:

Students earning the BA in History and Education must also pass the following Praxis II licensure exams:
Social Studies: Content Knowledge and Interpretation – 5086
Principles of Learning and Teaching, grades 7-12 – 5624


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. 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.


Minor in Race and Ethnicity

John Kirk, Ph.D. Chair and Donaghey Professor, History Advisor: John Kirk, Ph.D.
UA Little Rock History Department in Conjunction with the UA Little Rock 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 4357 The Little Rock School Crisis
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
SPAN 4361 Afro-Cuban Literature and Culture
ACOM 4312 Intercultural Communication


Courses in the Department of History

To see the full listing of all undergraduate courses for History, select the relevant four-letter code to review the undergraduate courses within that discipline: HIST – History GEOG – Geography RACE – Race and Ethnicity