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Middle Level Social Studies/Historical Studies Certification

Students seeking certification in middle-level Social Studies (grades 4 through 8) must complete a major in Historical Studies. Minimum requirements for the departmental major in historical studies are:

  • History 112 or 116; History 113 or 114
  • One 100-level history course focusing on an area outside Europe or the United States
  • History 270
  • Two additional history courses at the 200 level and two at the 300 level, to include at least one course each in United States history, European history, and history of an area outside Europe and the United States.
  • Political Science 110
  • Political Science 115 or 125, or a political science course in an international topic, chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 110

Students whose background in history makes them eligible to waive one or more introductory courses may substitute an additional history course or courses numbered 210 or above. Students are encouraged to take more courses in history or political science in order to prepare better for teaching.

Students must also complete the College’s program of general education, Learning in Common. Students must select Mathematics 197 to fulfill the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning (F2) and Environmental Science 112 to fulfill the lab science requirement (F4). In the Multidisciplinary (M) categories, students must take History 113 to fulfill the Historical Studies (M1) requirement; Education 131 to fulfill the Literature (M2) requirement; Education 160 to fulfill the Ultimate Questions (M3) requirement; Political Science 110 to satisfy the Economic, Social, and Political Systems (M4) requirement; and Interdisciplinary 110 to fulfill the Cultural Values and Global Issues (M5) requirement.

The Aesthetic Expression (M6) requirement is waived for these students. In addition, middle-level education students must complete one of the two Upper-Division (U) categories, which may be a part of the major; the other is waived.