History Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SOSC 401 Methods of Teaching Social Studies is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology. A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Major Requirements
Introductory Sequence
Writing
HIST 100The Study of History3
American History
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
or HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876
European History
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Non Western History
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Elective Sequence
Select the 4 requirements from the list (see below)12
Research Sequence
Seminar
HIST 400Senior Seminar in History3
Electives
Select requirements from the list (see below)9
Related Social Science Requirements
EAES 170World Geography3
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
The Sociological Perspective
Total Credits48
1

Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.

Elective Sequence

100-300 Non-Western Elective
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Communist Revolution in China
Selected Content (if topic is Non Western History)
Research Seminar (if topic is Non-Western History)
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
200 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Second World War
Minorities in American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
Italian American History and Culture
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
New Jersey: Past and Present
Selected Content
History Study Abroad
200-300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
The Second World War
Minorities in American History
Social History of the United States
Economic History of the United States
Diplomatic History of the United States
Women in American History
Italian American History and Culture
History of Black Americans
Political History of the United States
Sport in History
Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-1763
Economic History of Europe
Communist Revolution in China
New Jersey: Past and Present
Selected Content
History Study Abroad
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
300 Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Research Seminar
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Immigrant in American History
Early History of New Jersey 1702-89
Historical Geography of the United States
Biography in American History
Women and Migration
War in History
American Urban History to 1880
American Urban History Since 1880
History of the American Worker Since 1877
Medieval European Civilization 450-1350
History of Russia to 1917
Russia Since 1917
Modern German History
History of France Since 1789
Conflict in Modern Ireland
History of England to 1714
Chinese Social History Through Literature
History of England 1714-1914
History of Brazil
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Seminar in Latin American History
Total Credits12

Research Sequence Electives

300-400 Level Elective
Select a 300 level course from the list above or a 400 level course from the list below3
400 Level Electives
Select two of the following:6
Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
History of American Business
Independent Study European History
Independent Study Non-Western History
Independent Study in American History
Intellectual History of the United States
The Philosophy of History
European Social History
Church and State in Latin America
Age of Renaissance, 1350-1517
The Reformation Era, 1500-1650
Studies in Enlightenment History
Diplomatic History of Europe
The Nazi Third Reich
The Holocaust, 1939-1945
Revolutions in Latin American History
Development of Indian Character and Culture
Development of Japanese Character and Culture
American Colonial History 1607-1763
American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-1828
The Union in Crisis 1820-1877
America in the Gilded Age
American Society in the 20th Century
America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism
Internship in History
Selected Topics
Total Credits9

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Fieldwork3
SASE 451Teaching for Learning I3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Special Topics in Teaching Spanish K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits49-54
1

Or pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy.

 

Social Studies Support Courses

Economics
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
Geography
EAES 170World Geography3
Political Science
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
Social Science Elective
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Psychology
The Sociological Perspective
Total Credits12