Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The History-Elementary major is designed for students who plan to become elementary school teachers. In their history courses, History-Elementary majors learn how to locate and access a wide range of sources, to analyze historical evidence, including textual and visual sources, to evaluate historical interpretations, and to develop and support their own interpretations. The quantity of writing and discussion required in history courses also helps students to develop effective communication skills.
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Multilingual Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Consider a History-Elementary Major?
If you want to teach in an elementary school and are interested in history, you should consider the History-Elementary major.
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
It is recommended that students contact a faculty advisor the department as soon as they wish to declare a major in History-Elementary.
A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.
A minimum GPA in history courses of 2.50 is required for graduation. At least 15 of the credits must be in upper-division courses. No course with a grade of less than C (2.0) may be counted in this major.