Requirements for the History/Social Science major, a teacher education concentration, are 42 hours, including 28 hours in History; eight hours in Political Science (PSCI 135, plus four hours); four hours in another social science; HIST 324, Methods of Teaching History/Social Science (2 hours) and HIST 325, Middle Grade History/Social Science Methods. The 28 hours in History include the core research sequence for the major. That sequence includes three components:
- HIST 295, Introduction to Historical Inquiry, which is an introductory research methods course;
- A history research paper, completed as an option in the regular class assignments of 300- or 400-level history classes; and
- HIST 494, Christianity and Historical Study, which is the department’s capstone seminar.
HIST 295 normally is completed during the sophomore year; the research paper during the junior year (referred to as the Junior Research Paper); and HIST 494 during the senior year. Students must complete HIST 295 before the semester in which they write the research paper. Guidelines for the Junior Research Paper are available in the History Department office.
The 28 required hours in history include a general-education course (HIST 102 or HIST 103); eight hours in upper-division U.S. history (HIST 351 & HIST 352); four hours in European history (200 or above) and four hours in non-western history (200 or above).