History B.A./B.S. - Emphasis in Social Studies 7-12, Teaching Certification

The purpose of this bachelor's degree is for students to become trained in the discipline of history. The objectives of this program are to acquaint students with the human past; to provide insight into the nature of the historic process; and to teach students to analyze and think critically about historical works and issues, and express their judgments clearly in writing. At the conclusion of this program students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of historiography, that is, a familiarity with a range of historical methods, theories, and schools of interpretation. They will also be able to research and write thesis-driven papers on historical topics, using appropriate sources. This particular emphasis is designed for students to become certified to teach high school social studies, which includes the fields of history, government, geography, and economics. 

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required courses
ECO 2301GLB/US-Prin Macro Economics3
ECO 2302Principles of Micro Economics3
HIST 303GLB/Historical Geography3
HIST 355Debates in Texas History & Memory3
HIST 400Teaching and Learning in History and Social Studies3
HIST 492Senior Research Seminar3
World History (6 sch)
HIST 305GLB/World History to 17th Century3
HIST 306GLB/The Modern World3
Asian or Latin American History (3 sch)
Choose one course from the following:3
Modern East Asia
Modern India
Modern Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Latin America in the Modern Period
European History (3 sch)
Choose one course from the following:3
Ancient Europe and the Mediterranean World
The Medieval European World
Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution, 1648-1848
Modern Europe, 1848-1991
United States History (6 csh)
Choose one course from the following:3
Colonial North America to 1763
Revolutionary America, 1763-1789
Early National United States, 1789-1850
Civil War and Reconstruction
Modern United States 1850-1920
The Twentieth-Century United States
Choose 3 sh from the following:3
Modern Civil Rights Movements
History of the American West
Advanced Studies in Texas History
African American History
Themes in United States History
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in United States History
World History (3 sch)
Choose one course from the following:3
GLB/Themes in World History
Mapping Our World: An Introduction to Cartography
GLB/Food in World History
GLB/Global Enviro History
History of the Ottoman Empire
Themes in Asian or Middle East History
History of Modern Mexico
The Late Antique Mediterranean World
A Feudal Society
The European Reformations
Russia and the Soviet Union from Peter to Putin
Women and Gender in European History
Special Topics in History (HIST 497 may be applied to the appropriate category according to its topic and may be repeated as topics change.)
International and Comparative Politics (3 sch)
Choose one course from the following:3
European Political System
GLB/Democ & Democratization
GLB/Non-European Polit Systm
GLB/Intro to Global Pub Pol
Rev & Revolutionary Movmt
GLB/Foreign Policy
GLB/International Relations
American Government (9 sch)
Choose 3 courses from the following:9
American Presidency
Amer Pol Par/Electoral Po
Public Opinion
Intro to Public Policy
GLB/Foreign Policy
Congressional Politics
Constitutional Law
Civil Libs & Civil Rights
Political Theory (3 sch)
Choose one course from the following:3
GLB/The Quest for Order, Justice, and Community
GLB/Liberty, the State, and the Person
GLB/The Age of Ideology
Rev & Revolutionary Movmt
Teacher Education Courses
RDG 380Comprehension and Vocabulary in Middle and High Schools3
SED 300Teaching Profession3
HIST 400Teaching and Learning in History and Social Studies3
SED 400Pedagogy and Classroom Management in Field-based Environments3
SED 401Technology Infused Curriculum and Assessment in Field-based Environments3
SED 405Secondary Residency in Teaching6
Support Courses
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

 Any HIST 497 may be applied by the undergraduate advisor to the degree plan in the category according to the topic of the course. 

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all History courses required for this major. Fifteen semester hours of History must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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