History Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SASE 401 Methods of Teaching Social Studies is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science and sociology. A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature - Fulfilled by HIST 100 in the major.0
3. Communication
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics 3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History - Fulfilled by HIST 103, 105, 106, 117 or 118 in the major.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by HIST 108, 112, 114, 116, 132 or 138 in the major.0
3. Social Science Perspectives3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by SASE 210 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
II. World Languages and Cultures
A. World Languages6
B. World Cultures3
III. Major Requirements
A. Introductory Sequence
HIST 100The Study of History3
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
B. Non Western History
HIST 141Introduction to World History Since 15003
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African Civilization
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Early Latin America
Modern Latin America
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
Introduction to Modern South Asia
C. Electives
1. Select one 200-level elective from the list below.3
2. Select two 300-level electives from the list below.6
D. Research Sequence Electives
1. Select two 400-level electives from the list below.6
E. Research Sequence Seminar
HIST 400Senior Seminar in History3
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.36
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.12
Total Credits120

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
or FSHD 216 Adolescent Development
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
SASE 320Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 321Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Methods Course(s)
Select a Teaching Methods course or courses according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 (Visual Arts major.)
Dance Methods (Dance major.)
Teaching English (secondary) (English major.)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice (French major.)
The Teaching of Health
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education (Physical Education major.)
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Italian major.)
Methods of Teaching Latin (Latin major.)
Methods and Material of TESL (Linguistics major.)
Teaching of Mathematics (Mathematics major.)
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II (Music major.)
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, or Physics majors.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12
Theatre Teaching Methods
Professional Year Courses
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 452Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits36-40


200-Level Electives
HIST 201The Crusades3
HIST 203History of the United States Civil War3
HIST 205Minorities in American History3
HIST 212Social History of the United States3
HIST 213Economic History of the United States3
HIST 214History of United States Foreign Relations3
HIST 215U.S. Women’s History3
HIST 216Italian America Past and Present3
HIST 217History of Black Americans3
HIST 218Political History of the United States3
HIST 219Sport in History3
HIST 221Europe's Conquest of the Americas, 1415-17633
HIST 222Economic History of Europe3
HIST 223Communist Revolution in China3
HIST 231New Jersey: Past and Present3
HIST 241History of Public Health in the United States3
HIST 245Science Technology and Society3
HIST 250Special Topics in History3
HIST 260Screening the Past: Exploring History through Film3
HIST 270Introduction to Digital History3
HIST 2813
HIST 2823
HIST 290Historical Thinking and Communication3
HIST 299History Study Abroad1-3
300-Level Electives
HIST 300Research Seminar3
HIST 309Feminist Ideas in Western Thought3
HIST 311Early History of New Jersey 1702-893
HIST 312Historical Geography of the United States3
HIST 313Biography in American History3
HIST 314Women and Migration3
HIST 315War in History3
HIST 319American Urban History to 18803
HIST 320American Urban History Since 18803
HIST 321History of American Workers Since 18603
HIST 322Medieval European Civilization 450-13503
HIST 323History of Russia to 19173
HIST 324Russia Since 19173
HIST 326Modern German History3
HIST 327History of France Since 17893
HIST 328Conflict in Modern Ireland3
HIST 329History of England to 17143
HIST 330Chinese Social History Through Literature3
HIST 331History of England 1714-19143
HIST 333History of Brazil3
HIST 339Seminar in Latin American History3
Research Sequence Electives
HIST 401Kingdoms in the Sun:Sicily and Southern Italy in Antiquity and the Middle Ages3
HIST 406History of Capitalism in the United States3
HIST 407U.S. Immigration History3
HIST 408Independent Study European History3
HIST 409Independent Study Non-Western History3
HIST 410Independent Study in American History3
HIST 411Cultural and Intellectual History of the United States Since 18803
HIST 413The Philosophy of History3
HIST 415European Social History3
HIST 416Church and State in Latin America3
HIST 419Age of Renaissance, 1350-15173
HIST 420The Reformation Era, 1500-16503
HIST 422Studies in Enlightenment History3
HIST 424Diplomatic History of Europe3
HIST 426The Nazi Third Reich3
HIST 427The Holocaust, 1939-19453
HIST 430Revolutions in Latin American History3
HIST 431Development of Indian Character and Culture3
HIST 432Development of Japanese Character and Culture3
HIST 433American Colonial History 1607-17633
HIST 434American Revolution and Early Republic, 1763-18283
HIST 435The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-18773
HIST 436The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-19203
HIST 437The Rise and Decline of the New Deal Order: United States Politics and Society, 1920·19803
HIST 438America in the Sixties: The Crisis of Consensus Liberalism3
HIST 443Internship in History3
HIST 461Public History3
HIST 466Historical Geographic Information Systems and Mapping3
HIST 499Special Topics in History1-3