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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

History/Secondary Education


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Bachelor of Arts 

The history/secondary education option is designed to provide in-depth training in history for those seeking careers as high school history teachers. Students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the history concentration and to follow a program of courses established by the Secondary Education Program for secondary teacher preparation. The combination of history and education courses meets the requirements for certification of history teachers in the state of Rhode Island and most other states.

History/secondary education majors are required to complete 33 credits in history. These are normally fulfilled by completing a three-credit gateway course, nine credits each in United States history and European history, and 12 from departmental electives, of which two non-Western history courses and a junior/senior seminar are required. Necessary adjustments and appropriate substitutions for departmental requirements may be made in accordance with approved department policy and with the permission of the chairperson of the department. 

Advanced Placement Policy

History/secondary education majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “5” on the A.P. U.S. and/or European History exam(s) will be given a one-course reduction in the required courses for the specific area(s) and will be given flexibility in choosing the remaining two courses (i.e., any two courses for the particular area).  For instance, a major with a grade of “5” in U.S. History would be required to take only two courses in U.S. History and may choose any U.S. History courses for those required courses.  A major with a grade of “5” in European History would be required to take only two courses in European History and may choose any European History courses for those required courses.

History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “5” on the World History exam will be given a one-course reduction, which will satisfy the requirement for a course in non-Western history.

A limit of two A.P. scores of “5” will be recognized by the Department for reduction of the total number of courses in the major.

History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of “4” on the A.P. U.S. and/or European History exam(s) will be given flexibility in choosing any three courses for U.S. and/or European History.  For such students, the required number of History credits to be earned for the major would remain at 33.

Please Note:


Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources  section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online.

Required Courses


Other assessment requirements include, but are not limited to, Basic Skills Tests, minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA, minimum 2.0 average in History major courses, C or higher in all Education courses. Please visit the Secondary Education  section for additional information.

Non-Western Requirement


History majors are required to take at least one non-Western History course as part of their History requirements.   History/Secondary Education majors are required to take two non-Western History courses.

Courses that fall into the following categories can be used to fulfill the Non-Western requirement: Asian, Russian*, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, and Native American histories, or any histories that focus on autochthonous peoples, provided that they (a) include a significant amount of content beyond the scope of the study of Western history and/or (b) offer alternative perspectives to those peoples who emanate from Western Europe or the United States by focusing on the response to contact, conquest, and colonialism.

Courses not explicitly included in the above categories may fulfill the non-Western requirement with the approval of the instructor and the chair or assistant chair.

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