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BSED Requirements

The undergraduate History BSED includes three tracks from which students may choose:

1) Elementary (Grades K-6) Certification 
2) Secondary (Grades 7-12) History Certification 

1) Elementary History Certification

120 credit hours, which includes 36 credit hours within History and related fields, the university’s General Education requirements, and all Teacher Education Professional Program requirements. Meeting with your advisor on a regular basis is important in making sure that all of these requirements are met.

Required History Courses:

  • 1 credit (1 course) History 101 History Matters
  • 6 credits (2 courses) of History Electives (We recommend, but do not require HIST 121 and 122, World Civilization)
  • 9 credits (3 courses) U.S. History – (300 level or above, incl. HIST 401 US History for Teachers)
  • 3 credits (1 course) European History – (100 level or above)
  • 3 credits (1 course) Non-Western History – (100 level of above) 
  • 6 credits (2 courses) of additonal courses: PS 110 American Government and GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography
  • 4 credits (1 course) History 301 – The Historical Imagination
  • 4 credits (1 course) History 490 – Senior Seminar

Required General Education Courses:

  • Study Area III Behavioral Sciences – 6 credits (2 courses) Psychology 136 – Life Span Development and EDF 215 Education in a Multicultural Society
  • Study Area IV Natural Sciences – 6-7 credits (2 courses – 1 lab) Biology 211 – Concepts of Biology – and – Science 111 – Elementary Earth/Physical Science
  • Skill Area II Mathematices – 6 credits (2 courses) Math 113 – Structure of Math I: Number Systems – and – Math 213 – Structure of Math II: Probability and Geometry
  • Related Requirement – 3 credits (1 course) choose from Psychology 361 – Psych of Early Childhood or Psychology 362 – Child Psych

2) Secondary (Grades 7-12) History Certification

120 credit hours, which includes 45 credit hours within History and Social Science, the university’s General Education requirements, and all Teacher Education Professional Program requirements. Meeting with your advisor on a regular basis is important in making sure that all of these requirements are met.

Required History Courses:

  • 1 credit (1 course) History 101 History Matters
  • 6 credits (2 courses) History Electives (We recommend, but do not require HIST 121 and 122, World Civilization)
  • 12 credits (4 courses) U.S. History – (300 level or above, including HIST 401 US History for Teachers)
  • 6 credits (2 courses) European History – (100 level or above)
  • 6 credits (2 courses) Non-Western History – (100 level of above) (3 credits must appear on the State of CT approved non-western history list)
  • 4 credits (1 course) History 301 – The Historical Imagination
  • 4 credits (1 course) History 490 – Senior Seminar
  • Related requirements in social studies: PS 110 American Government and Politics and GEOG 110 Introduction to Geography

Required General Education Courses:

  • Study Area II Social Sciences - 6 credits (2 course) ECON 200 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Study Area III Behavioral Sciences – 6 credits (2 courses) Psychology 136 – Life Span Development – and - EDT 215 Education in a Multicultural Society

Things to Know:

History 301 – The Historical Imagination – is the Department’s historical methods course, and designed to teach students proper reading, research, and writing skills. Multiple professors teach this course and focus on their particular field of expertise. Thus there are a variety of 301 courses from which students may choose.

  • Note that BSED students must receive a grade of “B” or better for entry into the Professional Program in Teacher Education.
  • History 301 should be taken after having completed 100/200 level courses and a 300 level course. 301 is generally taken in the 2nd semester of Sophomore or first semester of the Junior year.
  • History 301 is the gateway course into 400 level courses. You may not take 400-level courses until you have completed HIST 301.

History 490 – Senior Seminar – is the Department capstone course. Students are expected to write a paper or complete a project that shows considerable research, organizational, and writing skills. Multiple professors teach this course and focus on their particular field of expertise. Thus there are a variety of 490 courses from which students may choose.

All history majors must take a total of 12 history credits at the 400-level. HIST 401 and HIST 490, which are required for all BSEDs, count towards that total. 

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