History and Social Studies Education (BS)

BS History and Social Studies Education majors take a shared core of History classes to build broad historical content knowledge and the key historical skills of research, analysis, and communication. 

Students in the BS History option take five additional History courses beyond the core, distributed across United States, European, and world history. Examining the human past as a complex database that continuously shapes our world today, advanced historical study develops abilities that transfer well to other disciplines and endeavors. Students activate these high-level skills in two Professional Applications courses, chosen from a range of disciplines, that count toward the major. History option students may be able to complete up to half of a non-History minor or certificate within their major, then use additional courses to finalize that credential. The option’s career development sequence concludes with a 2-credit class that helps students synthesize, connect, and narrate their college growth while sharpening career readiness tools.

Students who wish to pursue a teaching license choose the BS Social Studies Education (5-12) option. Social studies plays a central role in a school curriculum as young people learn to engage as citizens and members of society. Future social studies educators must be prepared to think deeply, critically, and adaptively to promote students’ understanding of a complex and ever-changing world. In addition to History, in order to meet New Hampshire certification guidelines, Social Studies Education students take courses in Political Science, Economics, Geography, and behavioral sciences such as Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology. Additional coursework trains students in teaching methods, special education, and the professionalism expected of teachers. Students have multiple opportunities to work directly in schools. During their last semester, they participate in a full-time teaching internship where they gradually take on full teaching responsibilities. For more information about accreditation, interstate reciprocity, and licensure requirements, see the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation section of this catalog or consult the program coordinator.

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
HI 2011Modern World History, 1500 to Present (GACO)4
HI 2016History of Modern Europe, 1300-20004
HI 2223Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO,WRCO)4
HI 3571Interrogating US History (DICO,TECO)4
General Education
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
MAMathematics Foundations3-4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, SIDI, SSDI) 14-8
IS 4220Signature Project (INCO,INCP)4
Required Options in this Major76-78
History
Social Studies Education (5-12)
Total Credits120

History Option

Course Title Credits
History Option
HI 4200Career Launch: Tell Your Story2
United States History Elective (Choose one)4
Revolutionary America, 1763-1815
Antebellum America, 1815-1860 (DICO,INCO,INCP)
American Civil War and Reconstruction
New Hampshire and New England History
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History (DICO)
Health and Illness in American History (WECO)
American Ideas (INCO,INCP)
US Legal History (DICO)
The Great Depression in film, print, and on stage: an interdisciplinary history (DICO,INCO,INCP,WRCO)
Home Front, USA: The WWII Era in the United States (DICO)
Topics in United States History
European History Elective (Choose one)4
Topics in European History (GACO)
Violence in the Middle Ages (GACO)
Love, Sex, and Family in Medieval Europe
The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era, 1789-1815 (GACO)
Religious Conflict in Early Modern Europe (GACO)
World History Elective (Choose one)4
History of China (GACO)
Sex, Slavery, and Empire in Global History (GACO)
The British Empire in World History (GACO)
History of Southeast Asia (GACO)
India and the World (GACO,INCO,INCP)
The History of Islamic Empires (GACO)
Topics in World History (GACO)
Additional History Electives
3000/4000 level History course4
Any HI course (not HIDI)4
WECO (may be HI)0-4
Professional Applications (Choose 6 to 8 credits; minimum 3 credits upper-level)6-8
Business Law I
Professional Selling Skills I
Professional Selling Skills II
Event Marketing
Organizational Behavior (DICO)
Digital Marketing
Introduction to Public Relations
Business Law II
Public Speaking
Media and Cultural Studies (TECO)
Professional Social Media
Interactive Web Communication (INCO,INCP)
Journalism in the Digital Age (TECO,WRCO)
Practicum in Production
Advanced Composition
Non-Fiction Workshop
Environmental Planning
Introduction to Permaculture
Any French course for which the student is qualified
Digital Cartography
GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (QRCO,TECO)
GIS II: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
History Internship
Doing Public History (TECO,WRCO)
History Capstone Seminar (TECO)
Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO)
Model United Nations (GACO,INCO,INCP)
Any Spanish course for which the student is qualified
Planning, Management, and Organization of Social Studies Curriculum
Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning (WRCO)
Electives45-54
Total Credits73-88

Social Studies Education (5-12) Option

Course Title Credits
Social Studies Education (5-12) Option
Pedagogy and Education
ED 2400Child and Youth Development in Context (WECO)4
ED 2800Inclusive Education and Technology (TECO)4
SSE 2515Planning, Management, and Organization of Social Studies Curriculum4
SSE 4515Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning (WRCO)4
SSE 4630Social Studies Seminar1
SSE 4640Internship in Secondary Social Studies 212
Lower-level Social Studies Content (in addition to Major Requirements listed above)
PO 1025American Government4
GE 2002Human Geography3
Complete ONE course from the following:4
Foundations of Anthropology (GACO)
Introduction to General Psychology
Foundations of Sociology (DICO)
Complete ONE course from the following:3
Macroeconomics (GACO)
Microeconomics
Upper-level Social Studies Content
Complete a minimum of 4 credits in HI:4
HIHistory (not HIDI)
Complete a minimum of 12 credits in the following disciplines:12
AN
Anthropology (not ANDI)
EC
Economics (not ECDI)
GE
Geography (not GEDI)
HI
History (not HIDI)
PO
Political Science (not PODI)
PS
Psychology (not PSDI)
SO
Sociology (not SODI)
IS 4360Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO,INCO,INCP)3
Electives14-16
Total Credits76-78

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives).

History Option

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
HI 2011 Modern World History, 1500 to Present (GACO) 4
HI 2016 History of Modern Europe, 1300-2000 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
Electives 5
 Credits30-33
Year Two
HI 2223 Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO,WRCO) 4
HI 3571 Interrogating US History (DICO,TECO) 4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, SIDI, SSDI) 4-8
Professional Applications 3-4
Electives 10
 Credits28-34
Years Three and Four
European 3000/4000 Level History course 4
United States 3000/4000 level course 4
World 3000/4000 level History course 4
3000/4000 level History course (not HIDI) 4
Any level History course (not HIDI) 4
HI 4200 Career Launch: Tell Your Story 2
Professional Applications 3-4
IS 4220 Signature Project (INCO,INCP) 4
WECOWellness Connection 0-4
Electives 31
 Credits60-65
 Total Credits120

Social Studies Education (5-12)

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
MAMathematics Foundations 3-4
HI 2011 Modern World History, 1500 to Present (GACO) 4
HI 2016 History of Modern Europe, 1300-2000 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
GE 2002 Human Geography 3
 Credits28-31
Year Two
HI 2223 Methods, Theories, and Careers in History (QRCO,WRCO) 4
HI 3571 Interrogating US History (DICO,TECO) 4
ED 2400 Child and Youth Development in Context (WECO) 4
ED 2800 Inclusive Education and Technology (TECO) 4
SSE 2515 Planning, Management, and Organization of Social Studies Curriculum 4
Complete one Course from the following: 4
Foundations of Anthropology (GACO)  
Introduction to General Psychology  
Foundations of Sociology (DICO)  
PO 1025 American Government 4
EC 2550
Macroeconomics (GACO)
or Microeconomics
3
 Credits31
Years Three and Four
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, SIDI, SSDI) 3-4
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO,INCO,INCP) 3
3000/4000 HI Course (not HIDI) 4
3000/4000 AN, EC, GE, HI, PO, PS, SO 12
SSE 4515 Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning (WRCO) 4
IS 4220 Signature Project (INCO,INCP) 4
SSE 4630 Social Studies Seminar 1
SSE 4640 Internship in Secondary Social Studies 12
Electives 14-16
 Credits60-64
 Total Credits120