May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Science/History, B.A.

The Social Science/History Major is designed for students seeking to teach Social Studies at the high school level, but it is open to all students. Students seeking teacher certification must also complete a Secondary Education Major. Social Science/History Majors complete 32 credit hours in History so they have an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. They take a three-course sequence of 200-level U.S. History courses, which includes Illinois History.  Social Science/History Majors also take courses in Political Science, Economics and Geography to give them the broader overview of the Social Sciences needed to teach Social Studies. They take 12 credit hours of Political Science to prepare them for an endorsement to teach Government in addition to History.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see History .

Major Requirements

History Coursework

U.S. History Courses

Non-U.S. History Courses

  • Eight credit hours of World History or European History, at or above the 200-level

Advanced History Seminars

  • Eight credit hours of History at the 300-level [expected to be Non-U.S. courses]

Social Science Coursework


Students seeking teaching licensure must also complete the Secondary Education  major requirements.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements  within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.