Channel your interests in history and social studies into a teaching career with Southern New Hampshire University's dual undergraduate degree in secondary education. This unique BA program will lay the foundation for you to earn New Hampshire teaching certification for teaching social studies in grades 5 through 12. This certification may be reciprocal in some states, but many will have further requirements to fulfill. You'll graduate with a deep understanding of history and social studies while meeting all state requirements for teacher certification.
Not available for international students.
At SNHU, we emphasize real-world experience. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. In fact, as a history and social studies education major candidate, you can expect to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in history and social studies education at SNHU include:
Our BA program prepares you for teaching primary areas of history, government, economics and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology. This qualifies you for state certification to teach in middle, junior and high schools.*
Graduating with this degree demonstrates depth of knowledge, giving you an edge in the job market. The comprehensive understanding of teaching and learning you gain can also be applied in other training settings.
One unique feature of the program is the 16-week student teaching experience, where you'll work full-time with an established teacher. Students apply for student teaching a year in advance and must complete all course requirements, including passing the PRAXIS II exam, before student teaching begins.
*This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Students in SNHU's history and social studies education major examine traditional, innovative and research-based approaches to teaching. Students pair classroom knowledge and theory with significant field experience starting first semester freshman year and culminating with student teaching during senior year.
Students receive a broad and integrated liberal arts background, with strong preparation in the techniques, knowledge and experiences to help middle, junior and senior high school students reach their highest potential. Social studies certification covers the primary areas of history, government, economics and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology.
Our faculty has experience teaching children and remains current in their fields. They are award-winning, members of state education committees, and your biggest supporters.
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
An introductory survey of the world's major civilizations from prehistory to 1500. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
An introductory survey of major civilizations from 1500 to the present, with particular emphasis on interactions and conflicts between Western and non-Western parts of the world. Key societies will be examined from political, socio-economic, and cultural-intellectual perspectives.
The course examines the history of the American environment, paying particular attention to the impact of European settlement on the landscape and the subsequent commodification of resources that defined the American experience in the modern age. it will pay close attention to such phenomena as industrialization, pollution, population trends, urbanization, chemically-dependent food production, and energy consumption, to name only a few. Particularly important, the course will delve into the process of political responses to environmental and ecological challenges as they have evolved over time.
This course is founded upon a fundamental yet complex question; what is history? The course investigates this question by examining the various kinds of history; witnessing the myriad ways of communicating historical stories and arguments ranging from the scholarly monograph to the town square statue to the museum exhibit; and learning how historians of all types actually make history through close, rational analysis of historical sources. In the process students will learn that history is an ever-evolving craft, central to the life of every society.
This capstone course requires each student to design and craft his/her own written research project. In close consultation with the instructor, each student will select a topic, discover relevant primary and secondary sources, evaluate and analyze those sources, and develop an argument-based paper as a result of that process.(Class limit: 15 students)
This course gives students an overview of American education through analysis of its historical and philosophical roots. Contemporary issues in American education are emphasized. Non-education majors may use this course as a social science elective.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course develops students' knowledge and skill with technology with the ultimate aim of using technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning target (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
This course teaches students how to develop effective strategies for delivering content knowledge consistent with standards based learning. Strategies and delivery methods include constructivism, differentiation, peer group learning, cross-curricular lesson planning and writing across the curriculum. Students will promote literacy in the content areas by developing lesson plans that incorporate cognitive strategies for reading, writing, speaking, and viewing.
This class is designed to help future teachers to fine-tune their own writing, while they learn ways to incorporate writing into their teaching. The course inspires future teachers to enjoy the possibilities of writing in their classrooms, so their students will also. An examination of a wide array of useful classroom approaches will promote better reading and learning and support differentiation. Well-designed writing assessments promote critical thinking as well as higher levels of literacy. Topics will include prewriting techniques, using art and music to promote writing, unlocking the secret to assigning interesting and useful journals, techniques for painless peer editing, practices that streamline grading of papers, and how to find and incorporate excellent models for writing.
This course examines teaching strategies and techniques for early childhood, elementary education, middle school, and high school. Students will conduct in-depth study of behavior theory and practical application in the classroom environment. Students will learn to promote learning environments where students can set goals and accept responsibility for their own learning. Modification and accommodations will be researched at each level discussing the best approaches depending upon the age of the child. Alignment with the regular education curriculum includes a review of the Grade Level Expectations and the Grade Span Expectations and Common Core Standards. Students will leave this class with a good understanding of the progression and development of students with disabilities K-12 personally, socially, physically, and academically. TCP acceptance is required.
This course helps to prepare students to teach history, geography, economics, civics, and social science areas in grades 5 through 12. A variety of teaching methods prepare students to write lessons and prepare standards-based units that include other disciplines, formative and summative assessments, integrate technology and to differentiate instruction.
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. TCP acceptance is required.
This course provides students with deep understanding of children with disabilities and specific characteristics of disabilities and how they impact learning in the general curriculum. Students will examine and be prepared to define ways in which such disabilities are diagnosed and possible strategies and techniques (to include assistive technology) to assist the student in the general classroom to the extent possible. Tiered Support Systems will be discussed as a general education initiative that can serve the needs of all students. Students will research resources available for families and schools to support the needs of disabled children. The role of the family and school as partners will be developed as a critical technique to serve the needs of students, as well as facilitating effective meetings and communication efforts that must be part of the role of special educator.
HIS - Students may select three History electives
One 200/300 LIT
Select one of the following:
A survey of Chinese history, beginning in the mid-1700s and continuing to the present. Topics include the decline and collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the Chinese Republic's struggle for survival, and the transformation of China into a communist state.
An introduction to the history of Japan from the late 1700s to the present. Topics include the decline of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Meiji Restoration, the militarization of Japan during the world wars, and the country's postwar recovery and economic modernization.
An education from Southern New Hampshire University is a smart investment for your future. It's an affordable investment, too. We believe that college should change your life, not break the bank. That's why more than 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
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