Administered by the Department of History within the College of Arts and Sciences.
History concerns people in the broadest sense: the systematic study of the patterns, causes and consequences of human interactions, from individuals to civilizations. In its promotion both of greater awareness of the variety and richness of humanity’s heritage, and of critical analytical skills to understand and use that heritage, history embodies the meaning of “liberal arts” education.
History is a basic major for those preparing to teach history or social studies at all levels. The general background that it provides also serves as a solid foundation for careers in business, law, government, religion, military service, and journalism, among others. The history program at UTPB requires a breadth of courses typical of programs elsewhere, within a flexible degree plan allowing for an emphasis in areas of special interest.
The Humanities degree is designed for self-motivated students who desire a broad arts and sciences degree with an interdisciplinary perspective. Instead of pursuing a traditional major, the Humanities student creates, with the consent of a faculty advisor, an individualized plan of study with an interdisciplinary theme, period, set of problems, specialization, or perspective unavailable through the combining of a traditional major and minor.
Humanities students must select one of two tracks: General Studies emphasis or Visual and Performing Arts. The Bachelor’s Accelerated Completion program also offers an online Humanities major using the General Studies track. Each track has its own degree requirements, beyond those required of all Humanities students. No minor is required for the Humanities degree. The total credit hours required for a B.A. in Humanities is 120.
Teacher Certification: Students seeking teacher certification must consult with their teacher certification advisor for the appropriate Education and Humanities courses to take to complete their certification requirements.