History: Social Science: History Teaching, BALAS

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in History, History Teaching Concentration


department website: https://www.history.illinois.edu/

department faculty: History Faculty

advising: History advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: history@illinois.edu


This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school history (grades 9-12) through the AP/honors level and high school economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology/anthropology up to but not including the AP/honors level.

Time to degree completion varies. Minimum time to completion is 8 semesters, but some students may require 10 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information.

For the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in History, History Teaching Concentration


This concentration fulfills state certification requirements to teach high school history (grades 9-12) through the AP/honors level and high school economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology/anthropology up to but not including the AP/honors level.

Time to degree completion varies, but when following the new requirements effective Fall 2020, the expected completion time is 8 semesters. Transfer students may need 10 total semesters combined to complete the program. Please see the LAS section in the transfer handbook for more information. 

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.

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 498, 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, but not high or highest distinction).

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Students are required to take a minimum of 33 hours in History courses. Only one of the following Advanced Composition courses (HIST 140HIST 143HIST 170HIST 173) will count toward the 33 hours required in History courses.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Students in this concentration must complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching (39 hours).


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Foundation Courses
The following courses must be completed or in progress when students apply to the Secondary Education minor.
Select one of the following Political Science courses: 3
Intro to Political Science
Intro to US Gov & Pol
Intro to Comp Politics
Comp Politics in Dev Nations
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology4
HIST 200Intro Hist Interpretation3
Select one course each from two of the following three categories: 6-8
Global History
Global History
Western Civilization
Western Civ to 1660-ACP
Western Civ to 1660
Western Civ Since 1660
Western Civ Since 1660-ACP
United States History
US History to 1877-ACP
US History to 1877
US History Since 1877
US History Since 1877-ACP
Black America, 1619-Present
Additional Required coursework
Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching39
United States History
Select one of the following (A US History survey course if not taken as a foundation course):3-4
US History to 1877-ACP
US History to 1877
US History Since 1877
US History Since 1877-ACP
Black America, 1619-Present
One 100-400 level course in US history3
One 100-400 level course in US history focusing on US minorities history3
HIST 273Illinois History3
or HIST 288 American Indians of Illinois
or HIST 382 Race and Migration in Chicago
Nonwestern and Global History
HIST 100Global History (if not taken as a foundation course)3
One 100-400 level course in global or nonwestern history3
One 100-400 level course in global or nonwestern history3
European History
Select one of the following (A Western Civ survey course if not taken as a foundation course):3-4
Western Civ to 1660-ACP
Western Civ to 1660
Western Civ Since 1660
Western Civ Since 1660-ACP
One 100-400 level course in European history 3
One 100-400 level course in European History 3
Students must take HIST 498 - Research and Writing Seminar. Students may count the 3 hours towards any of the history areas noted above: US, Nonwestern/Global, or European.
Students must complete 12 hours of advanced (300+) coursework in History. HIST 498 may count toward those 12 hours.
Pre modern requirement: One History course must have a significant pre-1800 component.
Social Science Requirement
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
One 100-400 level Geography course 3-4