History Program

The Department of History seeks to provide a dynamic learning environment for the exploration of our collective human past in all its rich dimensions. Our department at Hardin-Simmons offers major and minor programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Behavioral Science degrees. The experienced faculty members of the department strive to assist students throughout their academic journey at HSU.

Our collective desire is to contribute to the liberal arts experience and general education of our students; to give them a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the social, political, cultural, and religious movements, and the most influential people as well the major events, discoveries, and advances which have shaped human history; to prepare our students to meet the challenges of teaching in the public schools; and to prepare them to meet the challenges of graduate study at an accredited institution of higher learning.

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Professor Mark Beasley-Professor of History at the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Mark Beasley

Professor of History, Head of Department of History 325-670-1279

Majors

  • History (B.A.)
  • History (B.B.S.)

Minors

  • History Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study History at HSU?

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What can I do with a Bachelor's in History?

That is a commonly asked question. Our response echoes the American Historical Association: “Many, many things!” The possibilities are seemingly endless.

Careers for History Majors
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Caring Faculty

Students in the programs offered through the HSU Department of History receive one-on-one guidance provided by dedicated teacher-scholars who hold Ph.D.s and a breadth of experience. Even after graduation, the HSU History Faculty remain connected to alumni, offering encouragement and support as well as celebrating successes and achievements.

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Skills for a Lifetime

“When entering HSU I did not expect to have such amazing professors. The history faculty challenges students to strive above their expectations. I am learning to think critically and am being crafted into a capable writer for all my classes. The history department has truly given me a notable college experience and skills that I can use for my future.”-Madison Wommack ‘19

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Behavioral Science in History

A major in history consists of at least 30 semester hours and must include HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, 3100, 3200, 3306 and 12 hours of approved upper-level history electives.

A minor in history consists of at least 21 semester hours and must include HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, 3100, 3200, 3306 and 3 hours of approved upper-level history electives.

Students seeking educational certification in History for Grades 7-12 (B.A. or B.B.S.) need to consult the School of Education page for teacher preparation degree requirements; the curriculum pertaining to history consists of at least 36 semester hours and must include HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, 3100, 3200, 3306, 4301, GEOG 3301 and 12 hours of approved upper-level history electives.

Students seeking educational certification in Social Studies Composite for Grades 7-12 need to consult the School of Education page for teacher preparation degree requirements; the curriculum pertaining to history consists of at least 33 semester hours and includes HIST 2301, 2302, 3100, 3200, 3306, 4301, GEOG 3301, choice of HIST 4302, 4303, 4304 or 4307, choice of HIST 4308, 4309 or 4310, 3 semester hours of European history and 6 hours of approved upper level history electives.  Additional coursework in political science, economics, and education is also required.

None for non-education certification major and minor in history.

History students seeking certification for Grades 7-12 (History or Social Studies Composite) must successfully meet the following requirements to be eligible to student teach and sit for the TExES prior to graduation:

  1. Complete admission into teacher preparation program and complete program requirements
  2. Successfully complete the practice TExES administered by the Irvin School of Education
  3. Demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in all history courses.

An education in history can provide students with the multiple skills necessary to prepare them not only as citizens but also to provide the background to careers as educators at various levels, researchers at a variety of organizations, writers or editors, information managers (archivists or librarians), museum professionals, advocates (lawyers, lobbyists or legislative staff), and as business people.

The American Historical Association website discusses career choices for history majors.

The Hardin-Simmons Department of History will be an academic community that provides a top-quality history education in a supportive environment both in and out of the classroom.  Our students’ success will be facilitated by a committed faculty who will inspire students to become engaged, thoughtful citizens and life-long learners as they embrace the importance of understanding the richness and complexity of the human experience across cultures, continents, and time.  We will endeavor to teach them critical, analytical, and research skills applicable to numerous potential career paths.