Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

History B.A. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Ross Hall 3270

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/history

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This program fulfills an important role in training teachers at the undergraduate level. In addition to its emphasis in content areas of history and social science, it participates in the UNC/partner school program and the student-teaching experience/placement for its students. Experienced history faculty are regularly assigned the responsibility of observing our teacher candidates in the field. The end result of a student's study is a senior seminar completed under the direction of a faculty advisor during the senior year in residence.

A graduate with a bachelor's degree in history and who receives endorsement in the Grades 7-12 social studies licensure area is qualified to teach social studies in middle and high schools and to pursue graduate study in history. 

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • History majors must obtain a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all courses required for the major. Majors receiving a grade of "C-" or lower must retake the course -- or an equivalent approved by the academic advisor -- and receive a grade of "C" or better to have the course counted toward the major.
  • All History majors must take HIST 280 and LIB 180 either before or concurrently with their first 300 level HIST course.
  • All history courses numbered 300 or higher include a research and writing component.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 121 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum— 31 credits

To complete the degree in 121 credits as outlined, the program recommends the LAC courses below that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any course to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

HIST 114 (3) or HIST 115 (3) is recommended to fulfill the History and International Studies requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

GEOG 100 (3) is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

PSCI 100 (3) is recommended to fulfill additional Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and a major requirement.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 37 credits

Take both of the following courses:

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877LAH1

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the PresentLAH1

3

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 114World History to 1500LAH1LAIS

3

HIST 115World History Since 1500LAH1LAIS

3

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 110African CivilizationLAH1

3

HIST 112Asian Civilization I: From Prehistory to 1500LAH1

3

HIST 113Asian Civilizations II: From 1500 to the PresentLAH1

3

HIST 118History of MexicoLAH1

3

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689LAH1

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the PresentLAH1

3

Take the following courses:

HIST 280Sophomore Seminar

3

LIB 180History Library Research

1

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 480Seminar in History

3

HIST 580Seminar in History

3

Only students enrolled in the History 4+1 BA/MA program are eligible for HIST 580.

Required Social Science Support Courses — 18 credits

Two of the courses in this area (GEOG 100 and PSCI 100) are recommended to be taken as part of the LAC. Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of these recommendations may extend the length of the program of study.

ANT 110Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyLAB3LAIS

3

ECON 203Principles of MacroeconomicsLAB1

3

GEOG 100World GeographyLAB2LAIS

3

PSCI 100United States National GovernmentLAB1

3

Choose two 200-level or above courses in ECON, GEOG, or PSCI

6

Remaining Major — 24 credits

In addition to the required courses, each major will also take 24 additional credits of electives at the 200-level or above.

  • Twelve of these must be in a concentration area (Europe; United States; Africa/Asia/Latin America). See course listings below.
  • Of the remaining 12 credits, 6 must be in each of the other areas.
  • For example, if the major's concentration is in Europe, students must take 6 credits in African/Asian/Latin American history, and 6 credits in United States history.
  • At least 18 of the 24 hour total must be taken from courses numbered 300 or 400.

United States Area

HIST 224History of Colorado

3

HIST 225Latina/Latino History

3

HIST 230Class and Culture in America

3

HIST 290American Immigration

3

HIST 300History of Feminism

3

HIST 320Early America to 1763

3

HIST 321Revolutionary America, 1763-1815

3

HIST 322Religion in American History

3

HIST 323Marriage and Family in the United States

3

HIST 326Sex and Sexuality in the United States

3

HIST 327The Early American West

3

HIST 328The United States West Since 1846

3

HIST 329Indigenous North America

3

HIST 330Antebellum America, 1815-1860

3

HIST 331Civil War and Reconstruction

3

HIST 334The United States and the World

3

HIST 338Advanced Overview of American History

3

HIST 342American Constitutional History

3

HIST 347United States Women's History to 1877

3

HIST 348United States Women's History Since 1877

3

HIST 349American Queer History

3

HIST 351The United States and World War II

3

HIST 353The Rise of the American Century: The United States from 1898-1945

3

HIST 354The United States and the Vietnam Wars

3

HIST 355American as a World Power: United States History from 1945 to the Present

3

HIST 356The 1970s: America's Decade of Change

3

HIST 357The United States and the Middle East

3

HIST 395Topics in History

3

HIST 500Historiography

3

Only students enrolled in the History 4+1 BA/MA program are eligible to enroll in HIST 500.

Africa/Asia/Latin America/World Area

HIST 301Colonial Africa

3

HIST 304Sex and Gender in East Asia

3

HIST 306Modern China through Film

3

HIST 307History to China to 1500

3

HIST 310History of China Since 1500

3

HIST 311History of Japan

3

HIST 312History of Brazil

3

HIST 314History of Latin America to 1855

3

HIST 315History of Latin America: 1855 to the Present

3

HIST 316History of Caribbean and Central America

3

HIST 318Modern Africa

3

HIST 319Revolutionary South Africa

3

HIST 395Topics in History

3

HIST 396World History

3

HIST 500Historiography

3

Only students enrolled in the History 4+1 BA/MA program are eligible to enroll in HIST 500.

European Area

HIST 217Europe and Islam: Myth and Reality

3

HIST 264Magic in Europe from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

3

HIST 283Russian Cultural History

3

HIST 361History of Classical Greece and Rome

3

HIST 363Medieval History

3

HIST 365Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Europe

3

HIST 367Topics in Early Modern Europe

3

HIST 368Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1689

3

HIST 371The European Enlightenment

3

HIST 372European Reformation: Religion & Society

3

HIST 373France, Empire and War to 1804

3

HIST 382Hitler's Germany 1890-1945

3

HIST 383Great War and Aftermath

3

HIST 384Three Germanies

3

HIST 385History of the Holocaust, 1933 to the Present

3

HIST 386Twentieth Century Russia

3

HIST 388Imperial Russia, 1700-1917

3

HIST 389Modern Europe

3

HIST 391Women, Men, and Gender in Pre-Modern Europe

3

HIST 392Sex and Gender in Modern Europe

3

HIST 394European Intellectual History

3

HIST 395Topics in History

3

HIST 500Historiography

3

Only students enrolled in the History 4+1 BA/MA program are eligible to enroll in HIST 500.

3. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I

2

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II

2

EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary

2

EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level

3

ET 449Integrating Technologies into Secondary Education Pedagogy

3

SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

EDRD 340: (may be taken outside of Phase III)

Phase IV (14 credits)

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching

1-14

The History Secondary Education major should follow the phase program delineated by the STEP program.

No history major may apply for admission to the PTEP program until completion of at least 15 semester hours in the major. At least 9 of these hours must have been taken at the University of Northern Colorado. To be admitted to the Secondary PTEP in History (Phase III), a student must have a B- grade point average in courses counting toward the major and taken at UNC.

Before being permitted to apply for student teaching, a history major must have completed successfully 27 hours in the major and have at least a B- grade point average in major courses taken at UNC.

PTEP students majoring in history are required to take:

SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

4. University-Wide-Credits — 0 credits*

*Note: Students must apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum requirements and the major requirements to complete this degree program in 121 credit hours. This degree does not require university wide electives and has received an exception from the CDHE to exceed the typical limit of 120 credit hours.

Accelerated M.A. (4+1) in History

Motivated students may seek to complete the requirements for the B.A. and M.A. in History in five years. To obtain both degrees, students must complete all the requirements for the B.A. in History listed above (124 credit hours) and all of the requirements for the M.A. described in the Graduate Catalog (30 credit hours). However, the accelerated B.A./M.A. program involves shared credit hours shared between the Bachelor's and Master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated Master’s program is 148 for those with a Secondary Teaching emphasis. Completing the requirements for both degrees is made possible by taking double-counted B.A./M.A. credits during the Senior year (paid for at the undergraduate tuition rate) and graduate-level credits (online – graduate-level tuition rate) in the summer following the Senior year and completion of the undergraduate program. While this is the most efficient route, students may also elect to complete the program at a slower pace. Students remain eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate; any Graduate School aid is not available until students are admitted to the Graduate Program.

Accelerated M.A. Admission

Due to its necessarily streamlined path of progression, admission to the Accelerated B.A. and M.A. in History occurs in the Fall semester only. Students interested in transferring into the accelerated program must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 to take graduate-level courses as a Senior.
  • Meet with the History M.A. Director of Graduate Studies in the fall semester of the Junior year and apply during the spring semester of the Junior year (following the same procedure and meeting the same requirements as other M.A. applicants). Full admission is dependent on completing the B.A. requirements in the Senior year while maintaining a minimum 3.25 GPA. The program application will be signed and forwarded to the Graduate School with signatures of the program advisor indicating the approval of graduate course transfer.
  • Complete HIST 500 (Historiography) and HIST 580 (Senior Seminar) in the fall semester of their Senior year. These are the six credits double counted within the accelerated program.
  • Students must apply for completion of their B.A. degree the semester before completing the degree (e.g. in the fall semester of their Senior Year). To apply, students must be registered for all remaining courses in their final undergraduate semester.

Accelerated M.A. Timeline

Outline for degree completion of the Accelerated B.A. with a Secondary Teaching emphasis and M.A. in History - Total 30 Credit

Fall Semester, Junior year
Meet with faculty advisor or Director of Graduate Studies and apply for the program

Fall Semester, Senior year
HIST 500 Historiography (3 credits, double-counted)
HIST 580 Senior Seminar (3 credits, double-counted)

Spring Semester, Senior year
Student Teaching

Summer after Senior year
Two online 6-week 500-level courses (6 credits)

Notes:

  • Only two of these courses will be offered each summer. 
  • Because students are required to register for their six 500-level summer credits while they are still undergraduates, they must call the Office of the Registrar no later than the drop period for the summer semester to change their registration to graduate level.

Fall Semester, fifth year
Two 500-level HIST courses (6 credits)
HIST 690 Writing Seminar (3 credits)

Spring Semester, fifth year
Two 500-level HIST courses (6 credits)
HIST 690 Writing Seminar (3 credits)

Notes: Students will take 6 credits of HIST 690.