Undergraduate Program


The Department of History offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history as well as a history minor.  We also supervise a multi-department minor in Contemporary Social Sciences (please contact department for current list of courses).

A knowledge of history prepares students for wide range of careers.  Many of our alums have gone on to successful pursuits in teaching, law, public service, management, religious education, communications, travel counseling, historic preservation, and library, museum, and archival staff work.

For more information about our undergraduate program and offerings, please contact Dr. Nathan Brooks, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Undergraduate Advisor: Ken Hammond

All majors must be advised prior to registration.  Among the upper-division courses that majors take, one or more (in addition to History 398) must require research-based paper or papers.  In fulfilling their research requirements, majors must write one-research-based paper or papers which together total at least 20 pages.The undergraduate history major consists of at least 42 credits in the major field, 18 credits of which must be numbered 300 or above and an additional 6 credits that must be numbered 400 or above.  All courses must be passed with grades of C or higher, and none may be taken on an S/U basis.  Electives must be carefully selected by the student and approved by a Department of History advisor.


1.   Students must pass at least 24 credits from the list below, including at least one course from each of these five areas:  HIST 1150G-1160G, HISTG 1110G-1120G, HIST 1130G-1140G, HIST 2250GG-2251G, HIST 2245G-2246G, and HIST 1160G-1170G.

HIST 1150G, Roots of Modern Europe 3
HIST 1160G, Modern Europe 3
HIST 1110G, Introduction to Early American History 3
HIST 1120G, Introduction to Recent American History 3
HIST 2250G, East Asia to 1600 3
HIST 2251G, East Asia since 1600 3
HIST 2245G, Islamic Civilizations to 1800 3
HIST 2246G, Islamic Civilizations since 1800 3
HIST 1170G, Colonial Latin America 3
HIST 1180G, Modern Latin America 3
HIST 1130G, Introduction to World History
HIST 1140G, Modern World History
HIST 398, Historians and History 3

*=should be taken in junior year after consultation with advisor.

Course prerequisite is English 211G.


2.   Five to six additional upper-division History courses, 6 credits of which must be numbered 400 and above.  No more than three of the five to six additional courses may be from any particular field of History.

History majors who plan on pursuing certification as public school teachers should take the following 6 courses in preparation. These courses will complete approximately half of the course work necessary for students to earn teaching licenses in New Mexico.  After completing the undergraduate degree in History with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher, students should apply to the Graduate School for admission to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education to pursue the remaining courses needed for secondary licensure.

EDUC 315, Multicultural Education

EDUC 368, Educational Technology

SPED 320, Survey of Programs Teaching Exceptional Learners

EDUC 381, Field Experience

EDUC 530, Exploration in Education (recommended for senior year or as a graduate student)

C EP 521, Human Growth and Development (recommended for senior year or as a graduate student)