Secondary Education: History

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Penn 301 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 1180

The Secondary Education History major is designed for students who plan to teach history in a high school setting. The program provides the first two years of an undergraduate degree leading to a baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in history.

Prospective students with academic deficiencies should be aware that they will need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and corequisites for required courses must be followed.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of the American historical heritage; and
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Western historical heritage.
  • Write and present historical reports using the University of Chicago style.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4,10
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,4,5
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 2,3,8
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology G,2,3
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilization I 1,2,3
3
HIST112
History of Western Civilization II 1,2,3
3
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 1,2,3
3
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 1,2,3
3
POLI111
American National Government 3,8
3
History Seminar E,9 3
History Elective F 3
Social Science B 6
Arts/Humanities B 6
Quantitative Literacy A,C,6 3-4
Scientific Literacy D,7 3-4
General Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 60-62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
HIST111
History of Western Civilzation I 1,2,3
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology 2,3,8
3
Scientific Literacy D,7 3-4
General Elective G 3
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4,10
3
HIST112
History of Western Civilzation II 1,2,3
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking E,4,5
3
POLI111
American National Government 3,8
3
Quantitative Literacy A,C,6 3-4
Total Credit Hours 15-16

Third Semester

Course Credits
HIST151
U.S. History: Young America 1,2,3
3
EDUC100
Foundations of Education
3
Arts/Humanities B 3
Social Science B 3
History Elective F 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
HIST152
U.S. History: Modern America 1,2,3
3
PSYC190
Educational Psychology G,2,3
3
Arts/Humanities B 3
Social Science B 3
History Seminar E,9 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Choose from MATH101, MATH115, MATH117, MATH120, MATH122, MATH125 and MATH140.
D Choose from BIOL101, CHEM101, CHEM121, SCIE101, SCIE102, SCIE103.
E Course requires prerequisite and/or corequisite.
F Choose from HIST 100, 101, 121, 126, 131, 136, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 146, 149, 153, 154, 155, 156, 159, 160, 170, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 190, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 214, 216, 218, 219, 239, 281, or 288.
G Can be any course, but EDUC160 is recommended.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking
3 Satisfies Diversity
4 Satisfies Information Literacy
5 Satisfies Oral Communication
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy
8 Satisfies Social Sciences
9 Satisfies Technological Competence
10 Satisfies Writing