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History Education HIST

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Directed Electives:
GEOG 100 Geography of World Regions 3
GEOG 111 Geography of Phys Environment 4
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PLSC 121 Amer Gov 1-People and Politics 3
Core Required Courses - United States History (6 credits)
HIST 121 US History to 1877 3
HIST 122 US History - 1877 to Present 3
HIST 211 World Civilizations to 1400 3
HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1400 3
HIST 250 The Craft of History 3
HIST 405 History Educ Theory-Practice 3
World History Directed Electives 9
HIST 251 Racism and Science 3
HIST 253 Imperialism Modern World 3
HIST 255 The Impact of 1492 3
HIST 257 Terrorism in the Modern World 3
HIST 259 Women in Activism Global Persp 3
HIST 301 Racism in the Modern World 3
World Cluster 2: Select one course
HIST 258 Greece and Rome 3
HIST 350 The Making of Modern Britain 3
HIST 351 Medieval Europe 3
HIST 352 Renaissance and Reformation 3
HIST 360 Contemporary European History 3
HIST 363 Rise of the Russian Empire 3
HIST 373 20th Century Russia 3
World Cluster 3: select one course:
HIST 370 Modern Africa 3
HIST 371 East Asia in the 20th Century 3
HIST 372 Middle East in Modern Era 3
HIST 375 Latin American History 3
Electives: US Directed Electives - 9 credits
United States Cluster 1 (2 courses required)
HUMN 202 African-Amer Cult Expression 3
HIST 201 African-American History 3
HIST 285 History of Sports 3
HIST 315 Civil Rights Movement 3
HIST 325 American Women's History 3
HIST 326 African-American Women's Hist 3
HIST 330 Turbulent 1960s 3
HIST 411 Rise and Fall of Jim Crow 3
United States Cluster 2 (2 courses required)
HIST 230 Michigan History 3
HIST 277 American Business History 3
HIST 309 US History 1900 - 1945 3
HIST 310 US History since 1945 3
HIST 320 US and the Vietnam War 3
HIST 331 Amer Cultural History to 1865 3
HIST 332 Amer Cult History since 1865 3
HIST 342 The Civil War-Reconstruction 3
HIST 385 American Military History 3
HIST 421 Democracy on Trial 3
TOTAL 39
Note: A grade in each class plus a 2.75 GPA is required for satisfactory completion of this major.
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.
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.
EDUC 101 Intro to the Professn of Teach 1
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth - Devel 3
EDUC 289 Principles Teaching - Learning 3
Level II
Note: Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Basic Skills Test, 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.
EDUC 303 School and Work and Society 3
EDUC 338 Secondary General Methods I 4
EDUC 415 Teaching Special Needs 3
EDUC 438 Secondary General Methods II 5
EDUC 443 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.
EDUC 499 Student Teaching 12
TOTAL 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.

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.

Professional 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.

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.

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Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circler
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-3646


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