College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Certifying into Social Studies

Social studies is traditionally a major for students who plan to earn both a Bachelor of Arts and a primary teaching endorsement. Students pursuing a teaching certificate must apply for admission to the 4-12 Initial Certificate Program. The program leads to a primary endorsement in social studies. Students are encouraged to select an additional endorsement.

A student may certify a major in social studies upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Those interested in a teaching option should consult with the College of Education concerning certification requirements for teaching. Students majoring in social studies should have a strong and broad high school background in humanities, social science, and languages.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies (63 hours)

Required History Courses
Hist 101: Classical and Christian Europe
Hist 102: Modern Europe
Hist 110: American History to 1877
Hist 111: American History since 1877
Hist 120: World History I
Hist 422: History of the Pacific Northwest
Two (2) from Hist 230, 231; 270, 271; 272, 273; 274; 275 (must be from different grouping)
Four (4) upper-division history courses, including one (1) global/non-Western, one (1) European course, one (1) U.S., and one (1) Elective
Hist 480: Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Pol S 101: American National Government
Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology
EconS 102: Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
One (1) from Anth 101, 203, 260
One (1) from EconS 404, 428, 430
One (1) from Hist 495; Anth 309; Hist 319
One (1) from Pol S 300, 316, 427, 450, 455; Crm J 320
One (1) from Anth 307, 316, 320, 330, 331, 350; Psych 310, 324, 361, 470; Soc 320, 351, 384, 430

Seminar: Either Hist 469 or Soc 320

Courses used to complete the social studies degree and the College of Education requirements must be passed with a grade of C or better.

NOTE: Additional courses are necessary to complete the education requirements for the social studies education option. For a complete listing of requirements, see the College of Education's Web site. The College of Education requires applicants for admission to the Teacher Education Preparation program to apply on-line.


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