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History and Social Studies Education, BA

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This major is administered by the Department of History and International Studies .

It prepares you for teacher licensure in Social Studies (Middle and High School), following the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:

The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:


The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:

Not applicable

The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the History and Social Studies Education Program you will be able to: 

  1. Identify, locate, interpret, and synthesize evidence, using the methodologies of one or more of the social sciences, and apply these skills in teaching social studies
  2. Analyze and evaluate social science scholarship and make resulting insights actively accessible to learners
  3. Present research findings in a variety of formats, including by preparing, delivering, and assessing social studies instruction appropriate to curriculum goals, content standards, and learner needs
  4. Actively engage learners in applying content knowledge to real world problems through the lens of interdisciplinary themes 

Consists of 90-98 credits from history, social sciences, and education, including the following courses below.

Note: Required courses marked ** below have Math prerequisites. Depending on your placement score, additional courses may be required.

History, 24 credits

Social Sciences, 27 credits

Research Skills, 3 credits

World Language Courses, 0-8 credits

Complete a two-semester sequence of university entry-level world language courses (101, 102). The requirement may be fulfilled through equivalent coursework or other language acquisition as demonstrated through a test-out policy (including Native American languages and American Sign Language). If your native language is not English and you can document formal high school or university study of your native language, you may use ENGL 101  and ENGL 202 , or ENGL 150  as a means of fulfilling this world language requirement. Please see the Department of World Languages and Literatures  for details.

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