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History

Undergraduate Programs

Specialization in History/Social Science Teaching

The History teaching specialization is designed for prospective secondary History/Social Science teachers. Students receive a B.A. in History, but they complete a sequence of classes that satisfies the state-mandated requirement in subject matter competence for the Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Within the History major, students in the History/Social Science Teaching Emphasis must, as part of their BA program, take the following courses:

  • HIST 172 Early United States
  • HIST 173 Recent United State History
  • HIST 211 World History: Origins to 1500
  • HIST 212 World History: Since 1500
  • HIST 396 Contemporary World History
  • HIST 473 California History
  • HIST 401 History for Secondary Social Science Teachers

In addition, students should select US History as one of their fields of emphasis in the History major.

The state-mandated certification requirements also include several Social Science courses outside the History major. Students in the History/Social Science Teaching Emphasis must, in meeting their General Education requirements, take the following courses:

  • POSC 100 Introduction to American Government (fulfills GE Category D1b: Constitution and American Ideals)
  • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (fulfills GE Category D2: Social and Behavioral Sciences and History)
  • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography (fulfills GE Category D2: Social and Behavioral Sciences and History)
  • GEOG 306 United States and Canada (fulfills GE Category D2: Social and Behavioral Sciences and History)
  • POSC 215 Issues of Comparative Politics (fulfills GE Category D2: Social and Behavioral Sciences and History)

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Social Science, prospective History/Social Science teachers are also required to compete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students should begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year by taking the following course: EDSS 300S Introduction to Teaching Social Science

With careful planning, it is possible to complete all the credential program courses, except student teaching, while fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree in History. Courses in the Single Subject Credential Program may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult with the History/Social Science Credential Program Advisor early to plan their program.