History (Concentrations in History Secondary Education Licensure and Secondary History Education Non-licensure Available)

Do you want to be an educator, a researcher, a politician, a historian, a lobbyist, or work for a museum? What about careers in law, government, business, or consulting? Are you interested in working for a historical site or organization?  If these careers interest you, then our Bachelor of Science in History is for you.

History graduates are well rounded individuals with skills valued by many employers and central to many careers.  They also understand how people and societies work and change and are aware of cultural diversity and multiple worldviews.  All these qualities make a History graduate a valuable member of many organizations.  As a result, you have a variety of careers open to you depending on your own interests, level of academic preparation, and location. 

Not all History majors become professional historians.  They can be educators in the classroom or work at educational institutions such as historical sites and museums serving, for example, as education directors, guides, or interpreters.  Our graduates can also go on to become librarians, writers, archivists, researchers, policy analysts, as well as consultants.  History graduates can work for community groups, various levels of government, private and public businesses, and historical organizations. Students who perform well as an undergraduate degree might decide to attend graduate school or enter law school, leading to additional career options.  

If you are interested in teaching Middle School and High School, you can add the Secondary Education Licensure to your course of study.  With this option, you will receive instruction in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment which will prepare you to teach what you have learned over the course of your curriculum.  This is a nationally recognized program by the National Council for the Social Studies.

In short, as a History major, you have many career options and need to discuss career prospects and interests with our faculty.

This degree is a 120 hour degree, designed to be completed in four years. It includes a required core of seven courses: six survey courses designed to provide a solid foundation in American and World History and a capstone course to be taken senior year. All seven courses are described below. The degree also includes seven additional history elective courses including a variety of upper level courses offering more specialized studies with topics such as "Ancient Egypt", "Ancient Rome", "Human Rights", "Plains Indians", "History in Movies: Facts and Fiction", "Nazi Germany", "The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression", "The 1980s", "The History of Piracy", and "The History of Terrorism", to name a few. As part of the curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to take a few other Social Science courses in Government, Sociology, and Psychology.  Overtime, these courses will help you develop communication and research skills as well as critical thinking and decision making skills.  Our curriculum will challenge you to question and analyze a wide range of issues.  

History: Secondary Education (Minor or Licensure)

The Bachelor of Science in History with licensure for Secondary Education includes a core of 51 credit hours in the subject matter concentration with seven required courses: six survey courses designed to provide a solid foundation in American and World History and a capstone course to be taken senior year. The degree also includes seven additional history elective courses including a variety of upper level courses offering more specialized studies with topics such as "Ancient Egypt", "Ancient Rome", "Human Rights", "Plains Indians", "History in Movies: Facts and Fiction", "Nazi Germany", "The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression", "The 1980s", "The History of Piracy", and "The History of Terrorism", to name a few. As part of the curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to take a few other Social Science courses in Government, Sociology, and Psychology.  The Secondary Education Licensure portion, includes 37 credit-hours of education focused courses. Some of these include: Teaching Methods, Classroom Management, Cultural Competency, Technology, and Developmental Psychology. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years. The licensure track also includes the passing of state exams, student teaching, and recommendation by Oakland City University’s School of Education.

If you are not interested in the licensure track, you can add a non-licensure Education minor to the Bachelor of Science in History  which requires 25 credit hours of professional   education courses including Classroom management, Exceptional Children, Development Psychology, and History Teaching Methods.  State testing and student teaching are not required since this is a non-licensure track. This degree is a 120 credit hour degree designed to be completed in four years, combining the university’s Foundational Core, content courses, education courses, and electives as needed.

The Secondary Education History program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Professional Program: Pre-Law

If you are interested in entering law school in the future, there is no best pre-law major and it is actually recommended that your undergraduate course of study avoid narrow specialization in a specific field.  Indeed, your studies should help you gain competence in written and oral expression, acquire a knowledge of history, as well as an understanding of social, political, and economic problems of society. Several of our degrees will help you reach these goals.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies provides an interdisciplinary curriculum with required and restricted elective courses in Art, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Literature, Government, History, Management, Marketing, Natural Sciences, Religious Studies, and Sociology.  In addition, unrestricted electives can be selected from areas beneficial to someone interested in law school after graduation.

Our Bachelor of Science in History provides a solid foundation in the content and, just as important, enable students to acquire strong research, writing, and communication skills required of any lawyer. As part of the History curriculum and unrestricted electives, students can elect to take courses in Government, Sociology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice.  All these disciplines are relevant to any future law studies, 

Whether you choose Global Studies or History, your adviser will help you select courses most adapted to your future studies.

Admission to law school is competitive and the mere completion of an undergraduate degree does guarantee admission to a law school. Other factors, such as the results of the LSAT (Law Scholastic Aptitude Test) or other similar required tests play an important part. However, completion of a pre-law curriculum such as a BA in Global Studies or a BS in History with an appropriate blend of relevant courses and a high grade point average will certainly put you on the right track.

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