General Requirements

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Students must:
  • Pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.
  • Complete 141 credit hours in:
    • General Education 42 credit hours
    • Area of Specialization 69 credit hours
    • Professional Education 30 credit hours

Specific Requirements

General Education 42 credit hours
  • Composition 6 credit hours
    ENG 1270/127 and 1280/128.
  • Humanities 6 credit hours
    CMAT 1130/113 and 3 credit hours of elective courses in English.
  • Foreign Language 6 credit hours
    At least 6 credit hours in a single foreign language.
  • Physical and Life Science 9 credit hours
    At least 3 credits from a physical science and at least 3 credits from a life science, with 3 hours in another physical or life science discipline.  At least one course must be a laboratory course.
  • Mathematics 6 credit hours
    Math 1010/140 and 1020/141.
  • Social Sciences 6 credit hours
    PSYC 1100/141 and 2040/204.
  • Diversity: 3 hours
Area of Specialization 69 credit hours
  • Required History Courses 24 credit hours
    HIST 1200/120, 1210/121, 1300/130, 1310/131, 2200/220**, 2220/222, 2470/247, and 3 hours selected from HIST 4030/303, 4100/310, 4270/327, 4280/328, 4290/329, 4430/343.
  • Elective History Courses 21 credit hours
    9 hours of elective courses in American history;
    12 hours of elective courses in European or world history.
  • Required Supportive Courses 6 credit hours
    HIST 0920/092; ECON 1010/101; POL 1010/101
  • Required Geography Minor 18 credit hours
    GEOG 1000/101, 1400/131; plus 3 hours from GEOG 2210/202, 2230/204, or 4500/316; plus 3 hours from GEOG 2410/211, 2420/212, or 2430/213; plus 6 hours geography electives at the 200, 300, or 400 levels.
  • Professional Education 30 credit hours
    ELCF 1520/152 and 2000/200; ED 4312/312; PSYC 2020/206; S ED 4301/301 and 4303/303*; ELCF 4500/353*; READ 4100/306*; HIST 4630/363* and 4750/375*; CAS 2630/363.

The courses must be passed with at least a grade of C.

* Restricted to students admitted to the College of Education.

** HIST 2200/220 completes the 15 credit hour requirement in Humanities for students majoring in the Secondary Teaching Option in History.