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BACHELOR OF Arts IN History: Secondary Social Studies Education (9-12)

Degree Requirements | Specialty Area Courses
Recommended Degree Path


To be eligible for consideration by the Teacher Education Committee and approved for admission to the Teacher Education Program, each candidate must:

  1. Have not more than 9 hours of the General Education requirements remaining;
  2. Have earned a “C” (2.0) or better in EPC 2020 AND EPC 2040 or the approved equivalent course;
  3. Have earned a grade of at least a “C‑” (C if the course was repeated) in all required specialty area, professional studies, and content pedagogy courses completed at the time of admission, with the exception of EPC 2020 AND EPC 2040, which requires a grade of C;
  4. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) on a 4.0 scale on all prior college/university course work;
  5. Meet the state established scores on Praxis I, SAT, or ACT. An official copy of the scores must be sent to UNCP. Students must meet the scores in effect at the time they apply to and qualify for admission to the Teacher Education Program;
  6. Satisfactorily complete an admission interview after completing all the above requirements;
  7. Complete a Candidate for Professional Licensure (CPL) form. CPL forms are available in the School of Education Licensure Office and on the School of Education website under Student Forms.


Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History: Secondary Social Studies Education

Requirements for BA: History in SSE (9-12)
Sem. Hrs.
Freshman Seminar 1
General Education Requirements
Specialty Area Requirements 63
» Basic History (1000 and 2000 level courses) (12)
» Seminar in History (3)
» Advanced History (3000 and 4000 level courses) (24)
» Social Sciences (24)
Educator Preparation Core 9
Content Pedagogy 24
University-wide Electives 4
Total 128

General Education Requirements: 18 hours may count also toward Specialty area Requirements. MAT 1050 for Math and PHS 1100 or 1560 for Science are recommended.

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Specialty Area Requirements

Basic History (12 semester hours)

Although these are also General Education courses, they may NOT be included in the 27 hours of General Education courses.

Course Title
HST 1010 American Civilizations to 1877  
HST 1020 American Civilizations since 1877  

HST 1140

World Civilizations to 1500

HST 1150 World Civilizations since 1500  

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Seminar in History (3 semester hours)

Course Title
HST 3000 Introduction to the Study of History  


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Advanced History (24 hours; ALL must be at the 3000 or 4000 level)

Two courses American and Canadian history  
Two courses European history  
Two courses Asian, African, and Latin American history  
HST 3170 History of North Carolina  
HST 4510; or Senior Seminar; or Prerequisite:
2.0 QPA in history courses taken, and completion of 15 hours of advanced history courses
HSTS 4xxx Topics in History For a list of all topics courses, see the department chair.

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Social Sciences (24 hours)

ECN 2020 Principles of Microeconomics  
ECN 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics  
GGY 1010; or Principles of Geography; or  
GGY 1020; or World Regional Geography; or  
GGY 2000 Cultural Geography  
PLS 1010 Introduction to American National Government  
SOC 1050 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Also AIS 1050
SOC 2090; or Social Problems in Modern Society; or  
PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology  
Two courses Social Science Guided Electives Six hours


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Educator Preparation Core

Course Title
EPC 2020 Introduction to Education, Ethics, and Professionalism (1) Prerequisite:
Must have completed at least 30 semester hours of college/ university work and have no less than a 2.0 QPA
EPC 2040 Introduction to Exceptional, Diverse, and At-Risk Students Prerequisite:
Must have no less than 2.0 QPA
EPC 3000 The Psychology of Learning and the Environment (2) Prerequisite:
Admission to Teacher Education Program
EPC 3030 Reading Strategies for the 21st Century Prerequisite:
Admission to Teacher Education Program

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Content Pedagogy

Course Title
SSE 3000 Introduction to Teaching Social Studies Fall Semester only; Prerequisite: EDN 3020 and 15 semester hours in history and social sciences with a 2.5 average (QPA)
SSE 3650 Content and Techniques of Social Studies Spring Semester only; Prerequisite: EDN 3020, fifteen semester hours in history, and formal admission to the Teacher Education Program or permission of the instructor.
SSE 4000
(EDN 4000)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies Fall Semester and Summer II only; Prerequisite: SSE 3000, 3650 and 30 hours in history with a 2.5 quality point average.
CSC 4050 Current Topics in Computers in Education  
SSE 4480 Internship in Social Studies in the Secondary School (9) Prerequisite: SSE 4000
SSE 4490 Professional Seminar in Secondary Social Studies  

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Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010

Related Links


  • Department of History
  • Contact:
    Dr. Jeff Lucas
    Assistant Professor and SSE Undergraduate Coordinator
    Office: Dial Humanities Building, Room 207
    Phone: 910.521.6441
    Email: jeffrey.lucas

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