History & Secondary Social Science Education

A history major planning to teach at the secondary level grades (5–12) should choose courses according to interest.

Licensure Requirements

It is more than likely that a history teacher will teach a combination of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or non-Western history. To be admitted to the teacher education program, a student must present a 2.75 cumulative grade-point average and a 3.0 grade-point average in the history program. Those planning to teach are required to take a minimum of eight courses in the department in addition to SEC 425 Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary School.

Students who plan to pursue teacher licensure must complete additional coursework in professional and general education. In addition, students must also complete courses in broadfield social studies, which include economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology/anthropology. See the School of Education for a complete listing of broadfield courses. Students seeking teacher licensure must keep in contact with both the history department and the School of Education.

Required Courses

  • HIS 101 American History Before 1865
  • HIS 102 The United States from 1865 to the Present
  • HIS 111 Survey of Western Civilization I
  • HIS 116 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations
  • HIS 451 Seminar in Historiography
  • HIS 452 Senior Thesis

Students are required to pass the appropriate content area test prior to the student teaching semester as well as the edTPA prior to licensure. See the director of admission for the Teacher Education Program, William Slodki, for further information.

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