2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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History (B.A./B.S.) - Teaching Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

William Prigge, Department Head
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
West Hall Room 109
E-mail: will.prigge@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

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.

Academic Requirements

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.

Requirements for History Major - Teaching Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science specifications.

World History Electives

Select 6 credits from the following. Credits: 6

Teaching Specialization Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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