College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Bachelor of Arts in History (Teaching)


History instruction is a fundamental part of most secondary schools' curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts in History Teaching provides students with the opportunity to focus their teacher education in the field of History. In this degree program, future secondary school teachers learn and prepare to teach their own students how to research, analyze, and interpret the past.

If you would like to become or add a History Teaching Major, please complete the electronic Declaration of Curriculum form and email it to


The Bachelor of Arts in History Teaching degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate with 44 of those credit hours dedicated to History requirements

Core Courses: 20 hours

All History Teaching majors must successfully complete the eight courses listed below. In addition, all History Teaching majors must successfully complete all three Humanities courses.* 

  • SOCSCIED 2190 Introduction to Teaching Social Studies (1 hour)**
  • SOCSCIED 4190 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (3 hours)
  • HIST 1010 Introduction to the Study of History (3 hours)***
  • HIST 1011 Corequisite: Field Experience: Public History (1 hour)
  • HIST 1110 United States History to 1877 (3 hours)****
  • HIST 1120 United States History since 1877 (3 hours)****
  • HIST 4000 Junior/Senior Seminar (3 hours)

* Not all transferred Humanities courses that meet Liberal Arts Core requirements also fulfill the History requirement. Transfer students must check with their advisor to be sure the requirement for HUM 1021, HUM 1022, and HUM 1023 has been met.

** May only be taken the semester before student teaching and must be taken in the same semester.

*** Must be taken immediately after the major is declared and must be taken in the same semester.

**** Must be taken by the end of the Sophomore year. 

Prescribed Electives: 24 hours

In order to introduce students to the broadest array of subjects within the discipline, History Teaching majors are required to take courses from the following categories at the 4000 level.

European History: 9 hours

  • Category A: Studies in ancient and medieval  European History*
  • Category B: Studies in modern European History*

* Must include one course from this category.

For more information on specific European History courses in either Category A or B, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

Non-Western History: 6 hours

These courses span the histories of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. For more information on specific Non-Western History courses, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

United States History: 9 hours

These courses look closely at the various eras, key events, regions, and themes that comprise the history of the United States. For more information on specific United States History courses, see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

Additional Considerations

  • For details on obtaining a single subject teaching credential, see Professional Education Requirements
  • For corresponding training as an athletic coach, see the Coaching Minor 
  • ENDORSEMENT(S) OR A MINOR IN ANOTHER SOCIAL SCIENCE ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: economics, geography, political science, American government, sociology, anthropology. See appropriate department for required courses. Please check the Additional Teaching Endorsements for more information. 
  • PROFICIENCY IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: (particularly for students planning to do graduate work).
  • Courses used to meet the Liberal Arts Core or other degree requirements may not be used to meet requirements of this major. Ungraded credit will not be counted on the major or minor.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts in History Teaching, please contact:

Chad Christopher
Advisor, History and Social Studies Teaching
Seerley 328
Department of History
Phone: 319-273-3157