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History Social Studies Teaching, BA

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This major satisfies the endorsements for history and social studies. This major is designed for students in the secondary Teacher Training Program. Students taking this major are required to apply to the Teacher Certification Program and complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum. 

Program Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • 1.0 Civics - The candidate has knowledge of our American democracy including: its foundations, principles, perennial issues/tensions, development, and ways for citizens to participate in civic and democratic processes at the local, state, tribal, national, and international levels. (Washington State Core Competency 1.0 Civics)
  • 2.0 Economics - The candidate understands the concepts and tools necessary for an economic way of thinking, the interaction of buyers and sellers in markets, the workings of national economies, and interactions within the global marketplace.   (Washington State Core Competency 2.0 Economics)
  • 3.0 Geography - The candidate applies and demonstrates knowledge of geography and how geographic features and human cultures interact.  (Washington State Core Competency 3.0 Geography)
  • 4.0 History - The candidate understands historical thinking as a process of chronological reasoning which includes knowing and examining issues of causality, connections, significance, and context with the goal of developing credible explanations of historical events and developments (including local, state, tribal, national, regional, world) based on reasoned interpretation of evidence.  (Washington State Core Competency 4.0 History)
  • 5.0 Social Studies Skills - The candidate understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, evaluate, and communicate claims.  (Washington State Core Competency 5.0 Social Studies Skills)
  • 6.0 Social Studies Pedagogy - The candidate enables students to develop and apply essential social studies concepts and skills.  (Washington State Core Competency 6.0 Social Studies Pedagogy)

Required Courses

  • HIST 301 - Pacific Northwest History (5)
  • HIST 302 - Historical Methods (5) (Students must earn a minimum grade of C as a major requirement)
  • HIST 421 - Methods and Materials in the Social Studies, Secondary (5)

(Prior completion of EFC 340 recommended. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Preparation Program prior to enrolling in this course).

  • HIST 481 - Senior Thesis (4) (Students must earn a minimum grade of C as a major requirement)
  • POSC 210 - American Politics (5)

Select from the following - Credits: 20

  • HIST 101 - World History to 1500 (5) (Western civilization may be substituted)
  • HIST 102 - World History: 1500-1815 (5) (Western civilization may be substituted)
  • HIST 103 - World History Since 1815 (5) (Western civilization may be substituted)
  • HIST 143 - United States History to 1865 (5)
  • HIST 144 - United States History Since 1865 (5)

Select from the following - Credits: 15

  • Upper-division U.S. History (5)
  • Upper-division Electives (10)

The elective credits must include at least 5 credits each from two of the following fields: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, World/Transcontinental.

Select from the following - Credits: 5

  • ECON 101 - Economic Issues (5)
  • ECON 102 - World Economic Issues (5)
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Economics Micro (5)
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Economics Macro (5)

Select from the following - Credits: 5

  • ANTH 107 - Being Human: Past and Present (5)
  • SOC 101 - Social Problems (5)
  • SOC 107 - Principles of Sociology (5)

Select from the following - Credits: 4-5

  • GEOG 101 - World Regional Geography (5)
  • GEOG 107 - Our Dynamic Earth (5)
  • GEOG 304 - Economic Geography (5)
  • GEOG 308 - Cultural Geography (4)
  • GEOG 346 - Political Geography (4)

Select from the following - Credits: 4-5

  • GEOG 273 - Geography of Rivers 5)
  • GEOG 352 - Geography of North America (4)
  • GEOG 355 - Geography of the Pacific Northwest (4)
  • GEOG 366 - Geography of the Middle East (4)
  • GEOG 368 - Geography of Middle America (4)
  • GEOG 370 - Geography of South America (4)
  • GEOG 371 - Geography of Europe (4)
  • GEOG 372 - Geography of Russia (4)
  • GEOG 375 - Geography of Asia (4)

Total Credits: 77-79

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