In 1971, the state of Texas enacted a legislative requirement that students at public institutions complete two courses in American history. With that mandate in mind, the Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars proposed to determine how students today meet the requirement, and what history departments offer as a means of doing so. What courses can students take, and what vision of U.S. history do those courses present? This study is the result of our investigation.
*Note, 3/8/13: This report cites a law passed in 1971 "that requires all students at public higher education institutions to complete two courses in American history." According to "Some Background on Texas' U.S. History Requirement," published by the Austin American-Statesman on March 5, 2013, the law was in fact passed in 1955 and codified into the Education Code in 1971. The text of the law is included in Appendix 2 of the report, and the report has been amended to reflect the 1955 origin of the law.