History

History (BS)

History Major and History Major with Secondary Education Licensure

Go beyond names and dates and come immerse yourself in the personal stories and human experiences that comprise our history! At Oakland City University, a Bachelor of Science in History will not only deepen your appreciation for the past, but also equip you with essential and marketable skills valued by employers in an ever-widening range of careers. History graduates will not only have a broad and comprehensive knowledge of key historical periods, but will also learn to think critically, to conduct analytical research, and to communicate ideas persuasively and effectively. A well-developed historical foundation also instills students with a deeper insight into current events by understanding the cultural, social, economic, and political trends that have shaped our present society. 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.

 Many of our History majors have a passion for education, choosing to add the Secondary Education Licensure to their course of study. With this option, students will receive additional instruction from our faculty in the School of Education in designing effective curricula and engaging pedagogies around their love of History. This is a nationally recognized program by the National Council for the Social Studies.

 The Bachelor of Science in History is a 120-hour degree, designed to be completed in four years. It includes the 39-hour foundational core required of all students at Oakland City University and 42 hours in the History Major, which consists of the following components:

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Benefits

  • Not all History majors become professional historians. They can work at cultural institutions such as historical sites and museums, serving as education directors, guides, interpreters, or exhibit curators. Additional career options include librarians, writers, archivists, researchers, policy analysts, or consultants. History graduates can work for community groups, various levels of government, private and public businesses, and historical organizations. Students who possess an especially strong passion for historical scholarship may wish to consult with our faculty about prospects for attending graduate school or law school, leading to additional career options.

Degree Courses

  • United States History to 1877
  • United States History since 1877
  • Western Civilization to 1600
  • Western Civilization since 1600
  • Non-Western Civilizations
  • The United States since 1945
  • Europe since 1919

Other History Programs

History with Secondary Education Licensure (BA)

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).

Degree Courses

  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Children
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Reading Across the Content
  • Differentiated Instruction

History (Minor)

The History minor is composed of twenty-four (24) semester hours of diversified History courses. The minor is composed of fifteen (15) semester hours of required History courses and nine (9) semester hours of History electives at the 300 or 400 level.

    Degree Courses

    • United States History to 1877
    • United States History since 1877
    • Western Civilization to 1600
    • Western Civilization since 1600
    • Non-Western Civilizations

    I LOVED my experience at OCU. The small class sizes made it possible for a close connection to my professors, which made my experience an enjoyable one! The history and education departments definitely prepared me for my current job experience by offering courses that have helped me on numerous occasions in my career.

    Kayla White

    Secondary History Teacher covering World Civilizations, Class of 2016, History

    Dr. Stephen Kissel
    Dr. Stephen Kissel

    Assistant Professor of History

    Dr. Justin D. Murphy
    Dr. Justin D. Murphy

    Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

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