History and Secondary Education majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. A 100-level, 200-level, or 300-level history course (HIST)
  2. A foreign language
  3. A course of your own choosing

The joint major in Secondary Education – History prepares teacher candidates to teach social studies and leads to certification at the middle and high-school level. Although the main focus of the joint major remains on history, teacher candidates need a broad exposure to all the disciplines comprised in social studies.

1 st Semester Courses

Secondary Education – History majors are encouraged to take history courses according to the suggestions of the History Department. Click here for History course suggestions. No specific education courses are suggested to freshmen.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin the explorations of the various social studies disciplines during their freshmen year. The following courses offer such opportunity while fulfilling, in some cases, multiple requirements.

  • Anthropology 105, Human Evolution
  • Anthropology 108, Introduction to Archeology
  • Economics 100, Fundamentals of Economics
  • Economics 101, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Economics 102, Principles of Microeconomics

Drama 101, Theater, is a good complement to the specialization within this major because dramatization can serve as an effective pedagogical practice in the classroom context.

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