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College of Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

History majors must fulfill the College's core curriculum requirements in addition to completing 33 credits in history. Advanced history courses require six credits of core history/political science courses as prerequisites. Click here for the sequence of required courses for History majors (without specialization or certification).

 


History, Pre-law Specialization

 

Division of Humanities
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

Pre-Law Director: Brian Carso, Ph.D.

The Pre-Law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The program provides a sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law. For further information on the Pre-Law specialization click here.

 


History, Secondary Education Certification

 

Division of Humanities
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

Secondary Education: Allan Austin, Ph.D.

The Secondary Education Program in History is designed to prepare secondary school social studies teachers, and particularly to equip them with the skills to identify and assist students with learning disabilities. The emphasis is on history, along with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and economics. This program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the field of education. Fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this program leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and transferable to many other states. For additional information on history/secondary education click here.

General Requirements

Incoming freshman seeking admission as History majors must meet the general and specific admissions requirements of the College. In cases where the student does not fully meet them, a personal interview is required.

Continuation as a History major requires that the student maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or "C" average in the major and a similar total grade point average. A student on Academic Probation for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must complete all the History requirements as listed in the sequence of courses.

Internships

Internships for History majors are assigned on the basis of availability. Pre-law internships are required as a part of the Pre-Law specialization. Majors who desire to pursue internships must receive prior approval of the Department Chair or work out the details with the Pre-Law advisor. Internships may only be taken if the student has a “B” average in the major and Pre-Law specialization and is a fully accredited junior or senior.

Recommendations

To receive a recommendation for graduate study or law school, the student must maintain the minimum of a "B" in the major, Pre-Law specialization, and total grade point average.

 


 

Sequence of Required Courses for History Majors

 

Freshman Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3 HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
MTH Math Bank I 3 MTH Math Bank II 3
ENG Core 3 ENG Core 3
PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 PHL Core 3
POL 100 American Natl. Government 3 POL 103G Global Politics 3

Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
FA Core 3 FA Core 3
SCI Core 3 SCI Core 3
BEB Soc., Psych. or Econ. 3 BEB Soc., Psych. or Econ. 3
HIS 103 U.S. History I 3 HIS 104 U.S. History II 3
Free elective 3   Free elective 3

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS 405 Seminar on History 3 HIS 491 Junior Research Seminar 3
RLS Core 3 RLS Core 3
HIS 210 History of England 3 HIS Free elective 3
  Free elective 3 HIS Free elective 3
HIS/POL Free elective 3   Free elective 3

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS Free elective 3 HIS/POL Free elective 3
ENG Free elective 3 ENG Free elective 3
HIS/POL Free elective 3 SOC 221 Cultural Minorities 3
  Free elective 3   Free elective 3
  Free elective 3 GEO 202 Cultural World Geography. 3

Total required for graduation 120 credits

 

 


 

 

 

History, Pre-law

 

Division of Humanities
Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

Pre-Law Director:Brian Carso, Ph.D.

The Pre-Law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The program provides a sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law.

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the ability to think critically with thoroughness and independence.

Admission to, and success in, law school depends upon completion of a rigorous understanding of the law school admission process.

Students may choose to major in English, History, or Philosophy. Upon satisfactory completion of the major program requirements and the Pre-Law program requirements, the student will earn a bachelor of arts degree in English, History, or Philosophy with a Pre-Law specialization.

Pre-Law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the College and of the specific major as stated in the catalog for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school.

Pre-Law students should register with the Program Director's office, where advice on course selection and information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools can be obtained.

Suggested Course of Study for History, Pre-law specialization

Freshman Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3 HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
PHL 100 Intro to Philosophy 3 PHL Core 3
BEB Sociology, Psychology, or Econ. 3 BEB Sociology, Psychology, or Econ. 3
ENG Core 3 ENG Core 3
POL 100 American National Government 3 POL 103 Global Politics 3

Sophomore Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
FA Core 3 FA Core 3
MTH Math Bank I 3 MTH Math Bank II 3
HIS 103 U.S. History I 3 HIS 104 U.S. History II 3
POL 251 Law Seminar I 3 POL 252 Law Seminar II 3
SCI Core 3 SCI Core 3

Junior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS 405 Seminar on History 3 HIS 491 Junior Research Seminar 3
RLS Core 3 RLS Core 3
HIS 210 History of England 3 HIS Free Elective 3
POL 405 American Constitutional Law I 3 POL 406 American Constitutional Law II 3
  Free elective 3   Free elective 3

Senior Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS Core 3 HIS/POL Core 3
ENG Core 3 ENG Core 3
SOC 221 Cultural Minorities 3 GEO 202 Cultural World Geog. 3
POL 450 Law Internship I 3 POL 451 Law Internship II 3
BUS 352 Business Law 3 POL Advanced Elective 3

The total required for graduation 120 credits.

 


 

 

History, Secondary Education Certification

Degree: B.A., History
Department Chair: David Wright, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Secondary Education: Allan Austin, Ph.D.

The Secondary Education Certification in Social Studies (CIT/SECED) is designed to prepare junior high school and secondary school teachers of history and the other social studies. The program emphasizes studies in history with a number of courses in political science, geography, sociology, anthropology, and economics. A unique aspect of the program is that it prepares teachers to work effectively with students with disabilities who are likely to be included in their classes. The CIT/SECED program has been continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession. Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, it leads to a teaching certificate valid in Pennsylvania (grades 7-12) and transferable to many other states.

Effectively, students majoring in CIT/SECED must complete two majors, one in Teacher Education and one in History. Accordingly, they have two academic advisors who cooperate to keep them on track. Each semester, students must meet with both advisors.

Preservice teachers in CIT/SECED must successfully complete the liberal arts core curriculum, a series of Teacher Education Department (TED) courses and field experiences, the courses and experiences required by the SECED specialization, and a Content Area Major in History.

CIT/SECED majors must satisfactorily complete a series of field experiences that begin during the second semester of the freshman year and continue every semester until graduation. By graduation, our preservice teachers will have spent at least 700 hours in community classrooms. During students’ final semesters, they must complete a 15-week student-teaching assignment, consisting of two separate placements for about seven weeks each. All field experiences and teaching assignments are arranged by the College. Transportation to and from field experience and student teaching assignments is the responsibility of the student.

Students who successfully complete the SOC/SECED program are eligible for recommendation by the College to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for state teacher certification. The College’s recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by the state on the National Teacher Examination, qualify graduates for an “Instructional I” certificate. Once certified in Pennsylvania, our graduates usually are able to become certified in other states.

Sequence of Required Courses

Freshman Year

First
Semester
Total Credits 15 Second Semester Total Credits 15
HIS 101 Western Civilization I 3 HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
MTH Math Core 3 MTH Math Core 3
ENG English Core 3