History 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 SASE 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.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements36
Free Electives15-12
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Introductory Sequence
HIST 100Writing History3
HIST 117Foundations of America3
HIST 118Emergence of the Modern United States3
Select one of the following:3
Gods, Empires, Crusades Plague
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Non Western History
HIST 141Emergence of the Modern World3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Electives
1. Select one 200-level elective from the list below.3
2. Select two 300-level electives from the list below.6
Research Sequence Electives
1. Select two 400-level electives from the list below.6
Research Sequence Seminar
HIST 400Capstone in History3
Total Credits36

Electives

200-Level Electives
HIST 201The Crusades3
HIST 203History of the United States Civil War3
HIST 205Race and Ethnicity in United States History3
HIST 212Social History of the United States3
HIST 213Economic History of the United States3
HIST 214History of United States Foreign Relations3
HIST 215U.S. Women’s History3
HIST 216Italian America Past and Present3
HIST 217African American History3
HIST 218Political History of the United States3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 241History of Public Health in the United States3
HIST 245Science Technology and Society3
HIST 250Special Topics in History3
HIST 260Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film3
HIST 262Voices Across Time: Mastering Oral History Communication3
HIST 270Digital History3
HIST 290Historical Thinking and Communication3
HIST 299History Study Abroad1-3
300-Level Electives
HIST 300Research Seminar3
HIST 309Feminist Ideas in Western Thought3
HIST 311Early History of New Jersey 1702-893
HIST 312Historical Geography of the United States3
HIST 313Biography in American History3
HIST 314Women and Migration3
HIST 320American Urban History Since 18803
HIST 321History of American Workers Since 18603
HIST 322Medieval Times3
HIST 323History of Russia to 19173
HIST 324Russia Since 19173
HIST 330Chinese Social History Through Literature3
HIST 333History of Brazil3
HIST 339Seminar in Latin American History3
Research Sequence Electives
HIST 401A Mosaic of Many Cultures: The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily3
HIST 406History of Capitalism in the United States3
HIST 407U.S. Immigration History3
HIST 408Independent Study European History3
HIST 409Independent Study Non-Western History3
HIST 410Independent Study in American History3
HIST 411Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 18803
HIST 413The Philosophy of History3
HIST 415European Social History3
HIST 419Age of Renaissance, 1350-15173
HIST 420The Reformation Era, 1500-16503
HIST 426The Nazi Third Reich3
HIST 427The Holocaust, 1939-19453
HIST 430Revolutions in Latin American History3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
HIST 433American Colonial History 1607-17633
HIST 434American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-18283
HIST 435The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-18773
HIST 436The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-19203
HIST 437The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·19803
HIST 438America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism3
HIST 443Internship in History3
HIST 461Capstone in Public History3
HIST 466Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping3
HIST 499Special Topics in History1-3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature
Writing History (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course that also fulfills the Teacher Education Health/Hygiene requirement.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Fulfilled in the major.
Gods, Empires, Crusades Plague
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
Foundations of America
Emergence of the Modern United States
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.
Psychological Foundations of Education
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits27

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Fulfilled in the major.
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin American History
Modern Latin America
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
Emergence of the Modern World
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3
 4 6
Total Credits 10