William Prigge, Department Head
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
West Hall Room 109
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The history curriculum is adaptable to personal interests and needs, allowing students to explore the past and make connections to the present. Students pursuing a History Teaching Specialization may select either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in preparation for careers in various fields related to education. The program also provides a necessary background for graduate work or other specialized training.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students with a major in History will be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of the most important historical events in U.S. History, including an in-depth study of issues facing minorities within the U.S.
- demonstrate a knowledge of the most important historical events beyond the United States.
- interpret the past in context; contextualize the past on its own terms.
- develop a disciplined, skeptical stand and outlook on the world that demands evidence and a sophisticated use of information. This includes recognizing the difference between strong and weak arguments based on evidence, and seeking citations and peer review in other works.
- demonstrate an awareness that knowledge is often incomplete or imperfect, and thus multiple alternatives must be considered and conclusions are subject to change.
- know the difference between primary and secondary documents, demonstrate how and when to cite in the format of the profession.
- identify and summarize the historical arguments of other scholars.
- frame a historical question and develop research strategies to address it, generate historical argument that is reasoned and based on evidence selected, arranged and analyzed.
- effectively navigate the library and online databases, as well as the archives or in the community for primary sources, peer-reviewed literature and book reviews.
No more than 6 credits in HIST 491 - Independent Study and HIST 494 - Internship may be counted toward the major or minor.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
The program provides courses online and face to face on campus and at various off-campus attendance centers.