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History Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose History Education?

History is more than the study of the past, it also involves the study of change and continuity over time. According to historian and educator Peter Stearns, "Only through studying history can we grasp how things change; only through history can we begin to comprehend the factors that cause change; and only through history can we understand what elements of an institution or a society persist despite change." History education is an ideal choice for any student who finds they are always asking "why?" and then, once learning the answer, wants to share that knowledge and insight with others. In today's society, history education is especially relevant. Trained history educators will play an important role in helping furture generations understand the world around them - whether in terms of understanding the root causes of social or political conflict or better appreciating diverse cultural values or valuing democratic institutions and ideals.

Career Opportunities

Current employment opportunities in the field of history education are based on two key factors. Both on a national and state level there is a common theme of the extreme need for teachers and adequately prepared history teachers. Concerns at the beginning of the decade focused primarily on the issue of the retirement for a significant number of educators, in the Michigan Education Report of 2001. Teacher shortages in Michigan are predicted to be most severe at the secondary education level. The issue of teacher shortage due to retirement has been compounded by the impact of the new federal law No Child Left Behind (2003). NCLB seeks to redress a major issue - teachers who teach in content areas where they have little or or no formal training. This issue is especially relevant to the field of history. Currently a large number of educators employed to teach history have neither a major or minor in the content area of history.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credits hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

Graduation Requirements

The history education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education and Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, history and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Directed Electives

Geography of World Regions
3
Geography of Phys Environment
4
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3

Core Required Courses

Note: A "C" grade in each class plus a 2.75 GPA is required for satisfactory completion of this major.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES
US History to 1877
3
US History - 1877 to Present
3
World Civilizations to 1400
3
World Civilizations since 1400
3
Craft of History
3
History Educ Theory-Practice
3
World History 9 CREDITS TOTAL

World Cluster 1: Select One (1) Course 
Racism and Science
3
Imperialism Modern World
3
The Impact of 1492
3
Terrorism in the Modern World
3
Women in Activism Global Persp
3
Racism in the Modern World
3
Imperial China
3
World Cluster 2
Select One (1) Course
Greece and Rome
3
The Making of Modern Britain
3
Medieval Europe
3
Renaissance and Reformation
3
Contemporary European History
3
Rise of the Russian Empire
3
20th Century Russia
3
World Cluster 3
Select  One (1) Course:
Modern Africa
3
Modern China, Japan & Korea
3
Middle East in Modern Era
3
Latin American History
3
UNITED STATES ELECTIVES 12 CREDITS
United States Cluster 1
Select 2 courses:
African-Amer Cult Expression
3
African-American History
3
History of Sports
3
Examining Jim Crow Stereotypes
3
Modern Civil Rights Movement
3
American Women's History
3
African-American Women's Hist
3
Turbulent 1960s
3
HIST 411
Array
United States Cluster 2
Select 2 courses:
Michigan History
3
American Business History
3
US History 1900 - 1945
3
US History since 1945
3
US and the Vietnam War
3
19th Century Amer Pop Culture
3
20th Century Amer Pop Culture
3
Antebellum America
3
Colonial America
3
US Foreign Policy-20th Century
3
The Civil War-Reconstruction
3
American Military History
3
HIST 421
Array
Total credit hours required:
39

Professional Education Sequence

Level I
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Intro to the Professn of Teach
1
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Principles Teaching - Learning
3
Note: Prior to admission to the Level II courses, students must take all sections of the Professional Readiness EXam, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
Level II
School and Work and Society
3
Secondary General Methods I
4
Teaching Special Needs
3
Secondary General Methods II
5
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas
3
Level III
Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements.
Student Teaching
12
Total credits required:
40
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.
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