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History Major with Social Studies Certification (89 credits)

Those History majors who are seeking careers as History and Social Studies teachers in the secondary school setting (grades 7-12) will use their general elective credits to complete the state credentialing program in conjunction with the Education Department. The following curriculum applies to all majors who arrived at Messiah after Fall 2009.  If you arrived at Messiah in or before Fall 2009, see the curriculum section at the bottom of the page. 

 

History Majors seeking Social Studies Teaching Certification must gain admission into the Teacher Education Program.  You should familiarize yourselves with the certification requirements required of the Messiah Education Department and the State of Pennsylvania by consulting the Messiah College Teacher Education Website.  There you can learn more about required courses (particularly literature and math), Praxis exams, FBI clearances, and entrance into the Messiah Teacher Education program and Professional Semester (Student teaching semester).

 

The History Major with Social Studies Teaching Certification requires completion of:

I. History major credits (39)

II. Social studies teaching certification credits (18)

III. Education credits (32)

 

I. Major Requirements


One of the following:

  • HIST 101 Western Civilization Before 1500 (3)
  • HIST 102 Western Civilization Since 1500 (3)

HIST 141 U.S. History Survey to 1865 (3)
HIST 142 U.S. History Survey Since 1865 (3)

One of the following:

  • HIST 171 World Civilizations: Bronze Age to 1500 (3)
  • HIST 172 World Civilizations: 1500 to Present(3)

HIST 258 Historical Methods (3)

One 300-level Classical and Medieval European History course (3)
One 300-level Modern European History course (3)
One 300-level Non-Western History course (3)
One 300-level American History course (3)

Upper Division History Elective course (3)
Upper Division History Elective course (3)
HIST 390 Teaching History and Social Studies (3)
HIST 401 Historiography and Philosophy of History (3)
Experiential Learning Component (0–4)

 

American History (3 credits)
HIST 341 Colonial America (3)
HIST 342 America in the Age of the Revolution (3)
HIST 344 Civil War America (3)
HIST 346 From Omaha to Hiroshima: U.S. History, 1890– 1945 (3)
HIST 347 Modern America: U.S. History, 1945–Present (3)
HIST 351 Native American History (3)
HIST 352 African-American History Since 1865 (3)
HIST 353 Immigrant America (3)
HIST 355 U.S. Urban History (3)
HIST 362 United States Foreign Policy (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)
HIST 393 Public History (3)


Classical and Medieval European History (3 credits)
HIST 301 Ancient Greece (3)
HIST 302 Ancient Rome (3)
HIST 303 Late Antiquity (3)
HIST 304 Tudor/Stuart England: 1400-1700 (3)
HIST 305 Archaeology and Historical Interpretation: Greece and Rome (3)
HIST 310 Medieval Europe (3)
HIST 319 Topics in Classical and Medieval European History (3)


Modern European History (3 credits)
HIST 320 Renaissance and Reformation Europe (3)
HIST 321 The Age of Monarchy: 17th and 18th Century Europe (3)
HIST 322 Modern Europe: 1789–1918 (3)
HIST 323 Europe in the 20th Century (3)
HIST 324 European Imperialism and Its Legacies: 1500 to Present (3)
HIST 331 Modern Britain (3)
HIST 332 Modern Germany (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)


World History (3 credits)
HIST 371 Premodern Civilizations of Asia (3)
HIST 372 Modern Civilizations of Asia 93)
HIST 373 History of India before 1500 (3)
HIST 374 History of Modern India and Pakistan (3)
HIST 375 Gandhi’s India: 1869–1948 (3)
HIST 379 History of the Middle East (3)
HIST 381 History of Africa (3)
HIST 383 South Africa: Struggle for Freedom (3)
HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace (3)
HIST 392 Women and Gender in History (3)


Note: HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace, HIST 392 Women and Gender in History, and HIST 393 Public History count as concentration courses but do not count as the “One 300-level American, Modern European, Non-Western, or Classical and Medieval European History course.”

 

Note on Experiential Learning:

History majors must participate in one of the following options. Both options may be completed at Messiah College Philadelphia campus.


Option 1 – Participation in an approved off-campus study program, with at least one history course in the semester’s curriculum. The history course(s) will count toward either the core requirements or the elective requirements, and therefore will result in no net increase in credits required for the major. See your advisor or Department Chair for a complete list and more information about the study abroad programs.  The following are some of the possible off-campus programs:

 

BCA Semester Abroad (China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, India, Spain)
American Studies Program (CCCU)*
China Studies Program (CCCU)
Daystar University (Kenya)
Jerusalem University College
Latin American Studies Program (CCCU)*
Middle East Studies Program (CCCU)
Scholars' Semester in Oxford (CCCU)
Oxford Summer Programme (CCCU)
Philadelphia Campus [with history courses at Temple University]
Russian Studies Program (CCCU)


Option 2 – An approved historical Internship (INTE 394/5) of up to nine credits during the academic year or during the summer in one of the following areas: archives, museums, historical libraries and societies, historical preservation, historical research, public history, or Richmond University Internships in London.


II. Social Studies Teaching Certification Requirements (18 credits)
GEOG 103 Regional Geography of the World (3)
POLI 113 American Government (3)
ECON 110 Economics of Social Issues (3)
6 credits of MATH/COSC/STAT XXX GenEd Math/Computer Science/Statistics (6)
3 credits of ENGL XXX (ENGL 122 to ENGL 176) (3)

 


III. Education Requirements (32 credits)
HIST 407 Secondary Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction (1)
EDUC 201 Education and American Society (3)
EDUC 203 Educational Psychology (3)
EDSP 207 Introduction to Special Education (3)
EDUC 210 Sophomore Field Experience (0)
EDSP 307 Inclusion Practices (3)
EDUC 310 Junior Field Experience (0)
EDUC 331 Instructional Design and Assessment (3)
EDUC 420 Professional Issues in Education (2)
EDUC 435 Student Teaching (8)
ENGL 230 Methodology in Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
PSYC 311 Adolescent Development (3)

 

 

 


(FOR STUDENTS WHO ARRIVED IN THE FALL OF 2009 OR BEFORE)

Those History majors who arrived in Fall 2009 or earlier have a slightly different curriculum:

I. Major Requirements  
HIS 141: US Survey to 1865 3
HIS 142: US Survey since 1865 3
HIS 101: Western Civilization: Bronze Age to 1500 or
HIS 102: Western Civilization: 1500 to Present
3
HIS 171: World Civilization: Bronze Age to 1500 or
HIS 172: World Civilization: 1500 to Present
3
HIS 258: Historical Methods (Sophomore Seminar) 3
One 300-level American History Course 3
One 300-level Pre-Modern European History Course 3
One 300-level Modern European History Course 3
One 300-level Non-Western History Course 3
One 300-level History Elective Course 3
One 300-level History Elective Course 3
HIS 390: Teaching of History and Social Studies 3
HIS 401: Historiography & Philosophy of History (Senior Seminar) 3
   
II. Social Studies Requirements  
GEOG 103: Regional Geography of the World 3
POS 113: American Government 3
ECO 110: Economics of Social Issues 3
MAT/CSC/STA 1xx  Additional Mathematics Course 3
ENGL XXX  (ENGL 122 to ENGL 176) 3
   
III. Education Requirements  
EDUC 207: Introduction to Special Education 3
EDUC 210: Sophomore Field Experience 0
EDUC 201: Education in American Society 3
EDUC 330: Methodology in Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDUC 203: Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 307: Inclusion Practices 3
EDUC 331: Instructional Design and Assessment 3
   
Professional Semester:
HIST 407: Secondary Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction 1
PSY/FAM 311: Adolescent Development 3
EDU 420: Professional Issues in Education 2
EDU 435: Secondary Student Teaching (Meets the History Major Experiential Learning Component) 8
   
Total Credits Required to Meet both the History Major and the Teaching Certificate, including General Education Courses 128