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
History graduates will be able to effectively communicate, research, analyze, interpret, and apply information in various professional contexts.
No more than 6 credits in HIST 491-591 - Independent Study (COM) and HIST 494 - Internship (COM) may be counted toward the major or minor. No grade below a “C” in history courses may be used to fulfill major and minor requirements.
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.