Three Great History Options for Undergraduates
B.S.Ed. Degree: Training
Future Social Studies and History Teachers
Our Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with Social
Studies certification program prepares students to be middle school and high
school teachers. A unique aspect of our program is that we have two faculty
members who serve as special academic advisors to our B.S.Ed. students. Both of these faculty members were high school history teachers
who chose to return and earn their doctoral degrees, so they are both experts
in history scholarship and experienced classroom teachers. These faculty
members help students to navigate the university and state requirements for teacher
certification, teach the department's social studies teaching
methods course, and supervise student teachers in the field.
Students who complete their degrees will be
certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to teach History, Geography,
Civics, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology.
Our department has a close working relationship
with teachers and school districts throughout the region, offering our student
teachers high-quality practicums and field placements.
B.A. Degree: A Flexible Program Offering Valuable Skills & Experiences
Our Bachelor of Arts Degree is a high-quality liberal arts degree that provides students with enormous flexibility to pursue their personal and professional interests while gaining a wide range of marketable skills.The history degree contains forty-two credits of free electives (14 courses), providing the flexibility to pursue minors, double majors, and off-campus study abroad and internship opportunities. Few other programs at the university offer you as much freedom to shape your educational experience.
Through the careful study of the past, history majors developing strong skills in research, writing, oral communication, and critical thinking. These are the core skills that many employers say they want in new employees.
Students are encouraged to pursue minors in fields such as
international studies, journalism/public relations, business, public
administration, or technical writing that will
complement their historical training and enhance their range of skills.
International study abroad opportunities also fit well with the history degree,
allowing students to gain valuable new perspectives while studying abroad.
History students pursuing the B.A. degree are strongly encouraged to undertake internships where they can gain professional work experiences and practical job
Alumni who have majored in history have
found career success in a wide range of jobs and occupations. The history
degree is an extremely versatile degree that can provide a solid foundation for
careers in government, business, education, law, or in the non-profit sector. A history major can also prepare one for a
writing profession. Media outlets, non-profit organizations, and business
frequently hire history majors because they can research, think, organize, and
communicate. Many other fields also look for these skills. Our history majors have also pursued graduate studies in a wide variety of fields, such as public history, divinity school, public administration, and law school.
B.A. with Public
History Concentration: History Careers Outside the Classroom
Students interested in working for museums,
historical societies, or archives often need a history major as a first step
toward their careers. The department’s Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Public
History Concentration introduces students to the specialized methods used by
history professionals. History internships allow these students to explore
historical careers and to gain valuable work experience while earning credit
towards their degrees. This combination of training and on-the-job experience
provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue the advanced degree
often required for employment in these fields.
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