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Teaching Specialty - History

Major Requirements

Major: History Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 12

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
History 100-200 Level Courses9
History 300-400 Level Courses
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing3
HIST 489Senior Seminar (Capstone) Prerequisite HIST 3903
HIST300-400 level courses 9
Distribution Requirement: Select 6 credits from each of the 3 categories.18
North American History (6 cr):
U.S. History 1763-1829
U.S. History 1829-1917 I
U.S. History 1829-1917 II
U.S. History 1917-Present I
U.S. History 1917-Present II
The North American Plains
Environmental History
American Frontier to 1850
American West Since 1850
European History (6 cr):
History of Christianity
Ancient History
Medieval History
Renaissance And Reformation
The Eighteenth Century
Europe 1815-1914
Europe Since 1914
Germany since 1750
Imperial Spain
History Of Russia II
Widening Horizons (6 cr):
Australia & New Zealand
The Ottoman Empire
Modern Latin America I
Modern Latin America II
Colonial Mexico
Modern Mexico
Slavery in the Atlantic World
History of Modern China from 1600
History of Japan
Vietnam: 125 Years of Conflict
Cultures and Civilizations of the Pre-modern World
Cultural Exchange and the Making of the Modern World
Additional Major/Minor/Electives9
Of these nine credits, at least one course in political science, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology or psychology is required beyond the introductory level.
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Soc Sci)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits122

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.