History (B.A.) (Secondary Teaching Area)

This is the "go-to" degree for students who love history and are sure they want to teach. It combines the traditional disciplines of history, historical research, and analysis with classes in education that focus on pedagogy, classroom management, and class preparation. Because history is a "social science," it is less constrictive than hard sciences in its classroom delivery, allowing room for a great deal of creativity in teaching. Note: students choosing this degree must also be accepted into the Education Program and consult with an Education Department advisor as well as a History advisor.

You probably won't get rich with this degree, but you probably won't be unemployed either. History is a mainstay of all high school curricula, whether in public or private schools. Specialize in several "fields" of history to make yourself doubly valuable. Southwestern grads have done very well with this degree in schools, and some have used the degree as the foundation for master's work that will help them get into school administration.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs teaching history are growing at about 13% each year. That's due to both the retirement of veteran teachers and the decline in student/teacher ratios that necessitate more teachers.

Earnings

Earnings will vary by school district and experience. However, First-year teachers can expect to make around $33,000–$37,000. Top-end salaries can range up to $63,000 or higher. Extended summer breaks make it possible for teachers to augment their income with other pursuits.

Educational Qualifications

A history degree will help many graduates get entry-level teaching jobs. However, pairing the degree with a serious study of a second language can make you more valuable to school districts (and perhaps earn you a boost in pay). This degree is an excellent foundation for graduate study.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017. 

HIST 111 US History, 1492–1865 .....................................16

HIST 112 US History, 1492–1865

HIST 201 Historical Methods

HIST 211 History of Western Civilization I

HIST 212 History of Western Civilization II

HIST 475 Portfolio Development

 

History electives (nine hours must be non-US courses. Non-US courses are marked with *) ..................21

HIST 320 American International Relations

HIST 326 From Colony to Nation, 1607–1783

HIST 331 History of Christianity I*

HIST 332 History of Christianity II 

HIST 345 Sectionalism and Civil War, 1836–1865

HIST 360 History of the British Isles*

HIST 364 Ancient Cultures*

HIST 365 Global Power: US 1917–Present

HIST 370 East Asian History*

HIST 414 Early Modern Europe*

HIST 424 Modern Europe*

HIST 430 Medieval Europe*

 

SPAN 315 Spanish Civilization and Culture, OR

SPAN 317 Spanish American Civilization
may be used to fulfill three hours
of the non-US requirement 

TOTAL: 37

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning...............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

HIST 111—American History, 1492–1865 ..............................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness...............................................3

Elem. Foreign Language ............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

HIST 112—American History, 1866 to Present.......................3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.........................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

RLGN (lower division) ..............................................................3

KINA activity ..............................................................................1

Elem. Foreign Language ............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

HIST 211—Western Civilization I.............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitutions .......................... 3

Lab Science..................................................................................4

Soc/Beh Sci elective....................................................................3

Inter. Foreign Language.............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

HIST 212—Western Civilization II ...........................................3

HIST 201—Historical Methods .................................................3

Lab Science..................................................................................4

COMM 111—Speech ..................................................................3

Inter. Foreign Language.............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

ENGL Literature Elective ..........................................................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

HIST 312—Historical and Political Geography.......................3

RLGN Elective (Upper Division) .............................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

HIST 475—Portfolio Development...........................................1

HIST Elective* ............................................................................3

Electives .......................................................................................9

KINA activity ..............................................................................1

TOTAL:​ 14

HIST Elective .............................................................................3

HIST Elective ..............................................................................3

RLGN Elective ............................................................................3

Electives .......................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 12