Channel your interest in history and social studies into a teaching career with Southern New Hampshire University's undergraduate degree in Social Studies and Education. This unique B.A. program will lay the foundation for you to earn New Hampshire teaching certification for teaching social studies in grades 5 through 12. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. Our students begin working—not just observing—in real classrooms first semester freshman year and the program culminates in a year-long student teaching experience.
You will graduate with a deep understanding of history, economics, geography, and civics while meeting all New Hampshire state requirements for teacher certification (this certification may be reciprocal in some states, but many will have further requirements to fulfill). Students completing this program may be eligible for a minor in History. By choosing history courses for General Education electives/requirements, students may also choose to earn a second major in History.
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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 Social Studies and 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 Education at SNHU include:
Our bachelor's degree 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.*
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school educators can expect to see jobs in the field grow at an 8 percent rate between 2016 and 2026. Graduating with this degree demonstrates depth of knowledge, and 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 year-long 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 Social Studies and Education major program 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 eventually with a year-long student teaching position during senior year.
Students receive a broad and integrated liberal arts background, with strong preparation in the techniques, knowledge, and experiences necessary to help middle and senior high school students reach their highest potential. The subject matter covers the primary areas of history, government, economics, and geography, as well as secondary areas of psychology and sociology. Use of technology and digital tools to learn and support access to learning is integral to the program. Additionally, students completing this program may be eligible for a minor or second major in History.
SNHU faculty members have experience teaching adolescents and remain current in the field. Faculty members are award winners, members of state education committees, and your biggest supporters.
This course surveys and focuses on child growth and development from birth through the life cycle. Theories pertinent to individual stages are provided and the sociological, cultural and psychological aspects of human growth and development are included. An overview of all developmental stages will be covered.
This course explores the manner in which the overall levels of output, income, employment and prices are determined in a capitalist economy. The focus is on the forces that act to shape these factors and determine their fluctuations. The role of government fiscal and monetary policy in influencing the level of economic activity is also a major area of study. The impact of international transactions on the domestic economy also is discussed.
This course give students an overview of American education including history, philosophy and current issues. It will introduce students to strategies for creating a learning environment that support student learning.
This course will introduce students to classroom structures that support differentiated instruction and other research-based approaches for effective teaching. Topics include lesson planning and reflection, state standards and grade level expectations, small group and whole group instruction, and assessment tools strategies.
This basic course for classroom teachers explores various techniques necessary for designing and implementing authentic measures to assess successful student learning.
This course provides students with innovative and authentic learning experiences about middle-level education. Topics include team teaching, advising, integrating curriculum, active learning, cooperative learning, trackless classes, block scheduling, community service programs, health education, and full exploratory and concentrated curriculum.
This course helps to prepare students to teach at the high school level. It is designed for social studies and English Language Arts certification candidates. There will be a strong focus on competency-based educational practices.
This course prepares students to teach writing to grades 5-12 using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will explore the history and chronology of great ideas, integrating their knowledge of content subjects while creating writing opportunities for their students.
This course is designed for future secondary educators who want to further understand the social studies content and skills they will teach. Emphasis will be on the social studies themes, concepts, and core curriculum in the 5-12 classroom. The issue of preparing for national testing in the social studies will also be addressed.
This course focuses on the development of reading and writing strategies in support of the content areas in grades 5-12. Students will become familiar with effective practices used to support the development of literacy strategies for students on the secondary level.
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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to prepare teacher candidates of secondary school certifications for the ethical decisions they will confront in their professional lives. Students will explore ethical best practice and decision-making regarding professional responsibility, caring for students, and promoting the well-being of the school and community.
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.
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.
This course is the first of two full-time student teaching experiences required for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. Students spend four days each week in a NH public school under the mentorship of a certified teacher for one full semester. During this time, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes seminars at the university. Acceptance to Student Teaching is required.
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This course explores the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States, with an emphasis on their roles as partners with the federal government in a system of cooperative federalism. Students spend much of the course playing and critiquing their own performance in Camelot, a role-playing simulation game in which they assume the roles of civic leaders, representatives of organized interests, and other interested parties in a hypothetical city to try to resolve controversial policy dilemmas like the ones with which local communities are confronted routinely in the United States.
This course explores the structure and function of the Congress of the United States, with an emphasis on its role as a legislative body in a system of government characterized by the separation of powers and checks and balances. The topics covered include the congressional leadership structure, the committee system, major rules and procedures, legislative-executive relations, congressional elections, and representation, and may vary from semester to semester.
This course highlights central themes in the historical development, organization, and functioning of the American presidency. From the origins of our Constitution through two centuries of institutional development and up to the present day, this course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of presidential behavior. Special emphasis will be placed on the growth of presidential power in both foreign and domestic policy and on the central role that presidential elections play in our national politics. Students will learn to view the American presidency as a complex institution, one that requires the president to simultaneously play multiple political roles, including commander-in-chief, legislator, communicator, civic leader and candidate.
An examination of the United States in its rise to global power in the aftermath of World War II. Central to the course are the international and domestic realities of the Cold War, particularly the struggle for equal civil rights within the United States. The course will examine the post-Cold War world as well, examining the transition to the domestic and international challenges of the 21st century.
Beginning with the rise of Jim Crow laws in post-Civil War America, this course examines the efforts of Americans, particularly black Americans, to uproot the race-based segregation and exclusion that defined American society. In particular, it will examine the efforts of the post-World War II generation of black Americans to upend segregation with all manner of efforts, from non-violent resistance to the threat of open violence to the advocacy of a new kind of Black Nationalism
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 will explore the social and intellectual impact of the discovery of the American continents on the European mind and the consequences of colonization and migration in North America 1500-1800. Emphasis will be on British colonies and competing European cultures (especially French and Spanish) with Native Americans and African-Americans. Students will focus on three areas: cultural exchange, economic exchange and hostility/conquest. Required for majors in social studies education with concentration in history.
This course examines various interpretations of Civil War causation; the major political, economic and military aspects of the war; and the rebuilding of Southern society after the war's end.
This course traces the growth of the United States from its beginnings as a fledgling republic to its expansion into a continental empire. Particular attention is given to the development of the first and second American party systems, the democratization of American politics, westward expansion, the market revolution, and the changing roles of women and African-Americans.
This course explores the colonial and national experience of Africans and African-Americans through 1865. Particular attention is given to a general understanding of African history, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slave life in the Caribbean and the American South, the role of free blacks in both northern and southern colonies and states, antebellum abolitionist and proslavery arguments, and the consequences of emancipation. Also addressed will be the debate over whether Africans/African-Americans were active agents or passive participants in early American history.
A survey of warfare during the ancient, medieval, and early modern eras. Particular attention will be devoted to the evolution of military technology and the various ways that Western and non-Western societies adopted gunpowder weaponry.
This course will introduce students to the history of warfare in the modern world. It will focus on the modernization of military technique and technology among Western societies, and also on the various that ways non-Western societies encountered this new and evolving way of war- either falling victim to it or importing and emulating it with varying degrees of success.
The course will begin with an overview of how warfare evolved during the industrial era, not just in terms of technology and tactics, but doctrinally, socially, and economically. It will then examine nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century diplomacy, along with the underlying and immediate causes of World War I. Chronological and topical treatments of the war's conduct will follow. The course will conclude with in-depth discussion of the war's aftermath, focusing on the peace settlements and the formation of new political orders in Europe and elsewhere.
This course emphasizes the battles, campaigns, events and personalities that dominated World War II. Special attention is given to political and diplomatic factors during the 1930s which contributed to the outbreak of World War II.
This course examines the origins, development, and consequences of the Cold War as an ideological, cultural, economic, military and political struggles that concentrated the energies of two nuclear "superpowers" while fundamentally reshaping the way that scores of nations interacted with each other. As the Cold War often manifested itself in any number of proxy conflicts, this course approaches the topic from a global perspective, paying special attention to the Cold War as an international phenomenon.
This course will examine a fundamental historical group: its commitment to the common good. It operates from the thesis that all organizations and societies share certain characteristics in regard to the common good that, despite differences in time, place, and ideology, remain the same. As such, the course seeks to understand the dynamics of the common good - what it is comprised of, how various communities have embraced or rejected it, and what the consequences were of those choices.
An overview of the societies and cultures of China and Japan (and to a lesser extent, Korea) before 1600 C.E. through primary and secondary sources. Because East Asia developed in relative isolation from the West one goal of this course is to point out and study distinctive aspects of "East Asian civilization." A second goal is the study of the relationship between the evolution of China and Japan. Since China has the oldest identifiable civilization in the region, we will spend somewhat more time on Chinese history.
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.
This course is designed to offer the student a historical and cultural understanding of Africa, India, China and Japan, in their interactions with the western world. Recommended for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
This course will introduce students to case studies in key revolutions of the modern era. Examples will vary from semester to semester-and may involve the direct comparison of different revolutions-but each offering of the course will focus on a major transformative moment or process. At the instructor's discretion, "revolution" may be interpreted in its traditional sense of political upheaval (including, but not limited to, the American, French, Russian, and Chinese revolutions), but more abstract forms of socio-economic or cultural/intellectual transition may be considered as well (such as scientific, industrial, sexual, or digital revolutions, to name only a few possibilities).
This course will acquaint students in depth with examples of major dictatorships selected from the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. During this era, certain regimes have come to exercise unprecedented levels of control over their populations. What developments created the preconditions for these new forms of government? What historical impact have such governments had? The regimes under consideration will vary from year to year; possible case studies may include, but are not restricted to, Soviet Russia; Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany; Imperial Japan, Maoist China, and North Korea; and Latin American dictatorships, such as Cuba under Castro or Argentina under Pinochet.
This course studies Russian/Soviet history from 1905 to the present with an emphasis on revolutionary traditions, government and politics,culture and religion and social philosophy.
An introduction to modern German history, covering the period from 1871 to the present. Topics include unification under Bismarck's leadership, Germany's role in World War I and World War II, and postwar division and reunification.
This course will begin by looking at the heritage of Greek civilization and the thinkers who first struggled with the fundamental issues concerning mankind: life, love, suffering, courage, endurance and death. The course will continue with the immediate inheritors of Greek thought, the Romans. By assessing Roman achievements of empire building and expansion, students will discover a vital civilization that ruled the known world through the force of its armies and the attraction of its culture. The course will end with the development of Christianity and the fall of the Classical World. Required for majors in social studies education with a concentration in history. Not available every semester.
This course is an examination of some of the major themes of the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe. Through extensive readings in primary sources, the class will explore the major personalities of the period and their influence on changes in many aspects of life. The lectures will focus on a broader context and will raise historical questions concerning such topics as science and belief, voyages of discovery, rise of the nation/state, rise of capitalism, and the millennial view of history.
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