For the minor in History, 21 semester credit hours are required, including the 6 hours required by the core and an additional 15 hours which must include 2 courses in world history and 9 hours at the 300-level or 400-level. The four required courses include HIST 131, HIST 132, HIST 231, and HIST 232.
For the minor in Geography, 21 semester credit hours are required through enrollment in no less than 12 semester credit hours at the 300-level or 400-level. All students must enroll in GEOG 132 (3 semester credits), must enroll for 6 semester credits from each of the focus areas listed below, and must enroll for 6 semester credits of electives selected from either focus area. Focus Area 1 for the minor in Geography focuses on Cultural/Human Geography and consists of the following 3-credit courses: GEOG 230, GEOG 231, GEOG 331, GEOG 332, GEOG 337, and GEOG 430. Focus Area 2 for the minor in Geography focuses on Land Use Analysis and consists of the following courses: GEOG 330 (3 credits), GEOG 338 (4 credits), GEOG 431 (3 credits), and GEOG 432 (3 credits).
For the minor in African Studies, students must take 21 semester credit hours selected from the list below. Of the 21 hours, students must take: AFS 132 Introduction to African Studies, ART 137 Introduction to African Art, and 3 hours of a foreign language, either in French or an African language. The remaining 12 credits must be chosen from among ART 135, ECON 443, ENG 243, FR 439, GEOG 132, GEOG 430, HIST 345, HIST 381, HIST 382, HIST 421, HIST 481, POLS 360, POLS 361, SC 432, SOC 238, or SOC 335. Courses used to fulfill minor requirements in African Studies cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill a major requirement.
African American Studies
For the minor in African American Studies, 21 semester credit hours are required through enrollment in four 3-credit courses and 9 additional credits at the 200-level or above. The 4 required courses are HIST 321, ENG 244, POLS 410, and ART 139. The remaining 9 credits may be selected from the following courses: HIST 322, HIST 381, HIST 382, HIST 478, HIST 481, SOC 254, SOC 335, ENG 243, ENG 440, ENG 441, POLS 412, ART 137, THC 339, and SC 436.
Students must gain admission to the University, must satisfy ASSET requirements, and must petition the Department for major or minor status upon completion of ASSET requirements. Each student admitted is assigned an official advisor, and students interested in certification for teaching in the public schools of Texas should contact the Teacher Certification Officer in the College of Education. An exit examination is required of graduating seniors. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Department Office at (713)-313-7794.
Members of the Department are housed on the third floor of the Barbara Joran/Mickey Leland Building at the corner of Cleburne and Tierwester in Houston, TX.
For the minor in Women’s Studies, 21 semester credit hours are required through enrollment in five (5) three-credit courses and six (6) additional credits at the 200-level or above. The required courses are as follows: HIST 246 Introduction to Women’s Studies, which should be taken first; ENG 339 Women’s Literature; HIST 349 Women’s History; SOC 460 Women in Society; and POLS 440 Seminar on Women’s Political Issues. The remaining nine credits may be selected from courses which focus on women, including but not limited to SOC 221 Sociology of Human Sexuality; HIST 348 Women Empire; SOCW 333 Violence and Abuse in Families. Prerequisites: Completion of all required ENG 131, ENG 132, and 200-level core curriculum requirement.