Social Science: History Teaching Concentration

This concentration prepares its graduates for teaching social studies in grades six through twelve. In order to remain in good standing in this program and be recommended for certification, candidates are required to maintain UIUC, cumulative, content area, and professional education, grade-point averages of 2.5 (A= 4.0). Candidates should consult their advisor or the Council on Teacher Education for the list of courses used to compute these grade-point averages.


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Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minimum required course work normally equates to 123 hours including a minimum of 36 hours of History courses
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. A semester survey course in American history, a course in Speech Performance, and American Government are required by the Illinois State Board of Education for certification and can be counted towards the General Education requirements. The Advanced Composition requirement should be satisfied by HIST 140, HIST 143, HIST 170, HIST 173, or HIST 498 (or by HIST 492 or HIST 495 for students in the Honors Program). Additionally, the other program requirements will fulfill the remaining general education requirements.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level History courses must be taken on this campus.

Students must maintain a University and cumulative 2.5 grade point to remain in good standing.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 123 hours

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for distinction, a student must be admitted to the Honors Program in History and complete its required coursework. Those admitted (ideally before the beginning of the junior year) must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA in History and a 3.25 GPA overall. They will then pursue a sequence consisting of HIST 495, HIST 492 and successful completion of either

  1. HIST 493 and HIST 499 in two consecutive semesters (in which case, the level of distinction awarded to student will be decided by the examining committee) OR
  2. the completion of two approved independent research projects under the supervision of two different advisors (HIST 490) (in which case, students will be eligible for an award of distinction only (not high or highest distinction)).

Prerequisites to transfer to the Teaching Concentration:

Requirements that must be completed or in-progress at the time of application to the program.  These courses can be counted toward the Campus General Education requirements.

EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3
PS 101Intro to US Gov & Pol3
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology4
STAT 100Statistics3
Select one of the following:
Biology of Human Behavior
Microeconomic Principles
Macroeconomic Principles
HIST 140Western Civ to 1660-ACP3-4
or HIST 141 Western Civ to 1660
HIST 142Western Civ Since 16603-4
or HIST 143 Western Civ Since 1660-ACP
Select one of the following:
US Hist to 1877-ACP
US Hist to 1877
US Hist Since 1877
US Hist Since 1877-ACP
One additional History course (HIST 200 - Intro Hist Interpretation recommended) 1

HIST 200 is required for the major and recommended for transfer into the program.

The four history courses above will count toward the 36 hours required in history courses overall to complete the concentration but only one of the 4-hour Advanced Composition History courses (HIST 140, HIST 143, HIST 170, HIST 173) may be used.

In addition to the requirements for the concentration listed below, students must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (37-38 hours). See the College of Education for requirements of the minor. Conferral of the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to completion of the minor requires approval by petition to the LAS Student Affairs Office.

You must also complete 50 hours of tutoring at the secondary level and pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test.  Please contact the Director of Secondary Education Programs for more information about these and all of the requirements for the teaching concentration.

HIST 141Western Civ to 16603-4
or HIST 140 Western Civ to 1660-ACP
HIST 142Western Civ Since 16603-4
or HIST 143 Western Civ Since 1660-ACP
United States History: 15
US Hist to 1877
US Hist to 1877-ACP
US Hist Since 1877
US Hist Since 1877-ACP
Illinois History
American Indians of Illinois
One 200-400 level course in 18th-19th century
One 200-400 level course in 20th-21st century
Nonwestern and Global History: 6
Global History
One 200-400 level course in global or nonwestern history
European History: 6
One 200-400 level course to 1700
One 200-400 level course since 1700
HIST 200Intro Hist Interpretation3
Students must take HIST 498 - Research and Writing Seminar or HIST 495 - Honors Research & Writing Sem (for those students in the Honors Program). Students may count the 3 hours towards any of the history areas noted above: US, Nonwestern/Global, or European.
Social Science Requirement (many of these will also satisfy general education requirements):41
Intro to Political Science
Intro to US Gov & Pol
Intro to Comp Politics
Comp Politics in Dev Nations
Introduction to Sociology
Social Research Methods
Biology of Human Behavior
Sociocultural Anthropology
Intro Psych
Microeconomic Principles
Macroeconomic Principles
Earth's Physical Systems
Social and Cultural Geography