Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 middle/high school social studies teachers. Students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the history major 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 social studies 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 methodology course, six credits each in United States history, European history, and Global history, a junior/senior seminar or honors thesis in history, and any three other history electives. Necessary adjustments and appropriate substitutions for departmental requirements may be made in accordance with approved history department policy and with the permission of the chairperson of the department. 

Advanced Placement Policy

History majors with an Advanced Placement grade of 4 or 5 on the A.P. U.S., European and/or World History exam(s) will be given a one-course reduction in the required courses for the specific regional requirement (US, European, or Global History) and will be given flexibility in choosing the remaining course.  For instance, a major with a grade of 4 or 5 in U.S. History would be required to take only one more course in U.S. History and may choose any U.S. History course for that required course. 

History minors with an Advanced Placement grade of 4 or 5 on the A.P. U.S., European and/or World History exam(s)  fulfill the required course for the specific regional requirement (US, European, or Global History). For instance, a minor with a grade of 4 or 5 in European History would have no further European History requirements.  

A limit of two A.P. scores of 4 or 5  will be recognized by the Department for reduction of the total number of courses in the major or minor. Students can still apply any additional credits towards their overall credit requirements for graduation. 

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 2.75 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.

Global Requirement

History and History/Secondary Education majors are required to take at least two global History courses as part of their History requirements.

Courses that fall into the following categories can be used to fulfill the global requirement: Asian, 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 global requirement with the approval of the instructor and the chair or assistant chair.

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