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The Bachelor of Arts in History invites students to appreciate and understand the development of the contemporary world through the interaction of diverse forces across the centuries and in different places in the world. The History Department supports the global initiatives of the university through its courses in both World and United States
History. The study of history involves analysis and integration of a broad range of socio-economic, political, and cultural issues. Students acquire skills that prepare them for graduate school or for a variety of careers.


  • Dr. Patricia Gower, Professor and Chair (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
  • Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa, Professor, (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin),
  • Dr. Lopita Nath, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., Gauhati University, India)
  • Dr. Kevin Vichcales, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research (Ph.D.,
    Western Michigan University)

Career Opportunities
What can you do with an undergraduate degree in History?
As a liberal arts majors, students should consider themselves ready for many careers because they know how to analyze issues, research and write and speak well. Among these jobs are: advertiser, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, city or county worker, consultant, congressional aide, museum curator, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, international and governmental organization worker, nongovernmental organization (NGO) worker, journalist, legal assistant, librarian, personnel manager, researcher or a teacher.

Additionally, with a degree in history you can be an educator in different capacities, communicator, information manager, advocate, or a businessperson.

Major requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in History
39 semester hours in History as follows:
15 semester hours in these History courses:
HIST 1311 World History, part I
HIST 1312 World History, part II
HIST 1321 The United States to 1865
HIST 1322 The United States since 1865
HIST 4341 Making History

9 semester hours to be selected from the following United States History courses:
HIST 3324 Colonial America
HIST 3325 U.S. National Period
HIST 3326 The Rise of Modern America, 1870-1920
HIST 3327 The United States from World War I to World War II
HIST 3328 The United States since 1945
HIST 4352 Topics in U.S. History

9 semester hours to be selected from the following Global History courses:
HIST 3331 Colonial Latin America
HIST 3332 Latin America Since Independence
HIST 3340 Modern Europe
HIST 4332 Mexico
HIST 4334 History of Portuguese America
HIST 4336 Topics in Chinese History
HIST 4338 Topics in South Asian History
HIST 4350 Topics in World History

6 Elective hours (upper-division or lower-division) that, in addition to the courses listed above, can include the following:
HIST 2322 Texas History

A minor in an approved discipline or an approved interdisciplinary concentration is required for a degree in history.

Requirements for a Minor in History

HIST 1311, 1312, 1321, 1322 plus 3 upper-division semester hours to be selected from the United States History courses and 3 upper-division semester hours to be selected from the Global History courses.

Dr. Patricia Gower, Chair
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, UPO 38
San Antonio, TX 78209

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