History degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - KS: History

This degree program was developed for those who want to teach at the secondary level. You will gain hands-on, in-classroom experiences. Prospective secondary education teachers learn how to identify and be sensitive to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of diverse student populations.

Through this program, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a content area focus. Current focus areas include:
  • History
Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Secondary Education Licensure Courses

Pre-Professional Education

The Teaching Profession I | EDU 30731
Explores current and future teaching profession. Introduces Ottawa University’s mission and teacher education program’s conceptual framework. Learn about topics such as reflective inquiry, standards driven classrooms, use of technology, and diversity of learners. Skills assessed in relation to profession.

The Exceptional Child | EDU 31132
Become familiar with various emotional and behavioral disorders, health and physical impairments, and intellectual deviations associated with children (birth through high school age) who are identified as expectional. Addresses strategies for meeting academic, social and emotional needs of these children within the confines of the classroom (including IEPS). Examines criteria for effectively working with administrators, specialists, support personnel, and family who impact the educational experiences of these children. Field experience required.

Educational Psychology | EDU 31233
Designed to acquaint students with knowledge gained from educational psychologists in learning theory and practice, motivation and management, and effective instruction. Meets required competencies in research, teaching methods and materials, media and technology, teaching effectiveness, interpersonal relations, educational ethics, understanding the learner, teaching-learning process, learning styles, and understanding the relationship between school and home. Emphasis placed on understanding methods needed to maintain an effective learning environment through classroom management strategies and motivational techniques.

Foundations of Schools in a Diverse Society | EDU 33035
Provides candidate with understanding of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education in the
United States. Addresses legal and ethical issues. Learn how educational policy is formulated and affects classroom practice. Provides opportunities to learn from a variety of professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Secondary Education Methods and RICA | EDU 34500
Learn to design, implement, and evaluate materials and instructional techniques for early through late adolescent learner. Topics include assessing readability of materials, evaluating student reading skills, teaching vocabulary, comprehension and study skills, working with at risk students, and incorporating writing into curriculum.

Secondary Specialized Methods/Practicum | EDU 34600
Observe, develop, and practice skills under the guidance of a classroom teacher in the student’s major area of interest.

Clinical Practice-Licensure

SEI Methods for ELL II | EDU 44033

Secondary Student Teaching I | EDU 49021
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Secondary Student Teaching II | EDU 49022
Capstone field experience for secondary pre-service teachers. Gives opportunity to observe and teach in a secondary school setting. Consult Education Department for placement information.

Content Requirements

Introduction to Sociology | SOC 10453
Introduces theory and method in social sciences as they relate to key concepts in the field of sociology including socialization, culture, status, stratification, conflict, and change.

World Regional Geography | HPS 10153
Survey of the developed and developing regions of the world, emphasizing regional differentiation, as well as concepts of location, place, human environment interaction, and cultural diffusion.

The American Experience I | HPS 11053
Introduces the study of American history and its cultural, intellectual, political, economic, religious, racial and diplomatic topics. Emphasis on development of the country from discovery through Reconstruction.

The American Experience II | HPS 13053
Uses principle theme of the development of United States since reconstruction. Examines political, economic, social, and cultural development.

World Civilization I | HPS 25353
Introduces historical study of the beginnings and development of human culture and institutions, western and non-western. Basic introduction to historical study.

World Civilization II | HPS 25453
Examines development of civilization, western and non-western, in the modern era. Analysis of political, economic and cultural revolutions that have created contemporary culture and its tensions.

United States Constitution | HPS 30251
Overview of the history of the United States Constitution to establish a foundation of understanding.

International Relations | HPS 33253
Introduces international relations and foreign policy. Emphasis on causes of international conflict, the resolution of conflict and the study of war, particularly its prevention. Prerequisite: HPS 13353 American Government or consent of instructor.

Macroeconomics | ECO 20163
Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.

Microeconomics | ECO 20263
Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.

Select one of the following:

American Women’s History | HPS 30953
Surveys women’s history in America from precolonial history to the present, and explores the intersections of race, class, and ethnicity in structuring women’s lives today.

Ethnicity in American History | HPS 31053
Considers the histories of a variety of immigrant groups arriving in the United States from colonial settlement through the twentieth century, and examines issues of nativism, patterns of acculturation and assimilation, and adjustment to the American economic and political systems, religious experiences, and other issues connected to the ongoing adaptation to life in the U.S.

Religion in American Culture | HPS 31453
Examine and explore the prominent place of religion in this religiously pluralistic country. Explores institutional and non-institutional developments with Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism and Islam. The course concludes with an examination of religion and material culture.

General Education Requirements

Principles of Psychology | PSY 12053
Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

Intermediate College Algebra | MAT 10443
Emphasizes algebraic skill development such as linear and quadratic equations, rational exponents, radicals and systems of equations. Designed to prepare students for college level mathematics.

Principles of Biology & Lab | BIO 10043
Introduces major biological processes occurring in animals and plants and basic concepts underlying the biology field. Includes corresponding lab. [or PHY 11043 Physical Science & Lab]

Intermediate Writing | ENG 23723
Examines steps of the writing process from sight to insight: perceive, identify, analyze, discover, write, re-write and edit. Critical thinking, library research, peer conferencing, and the art of argument integral to the course.

Courses listed are examples only.  Relevant substitutions may be made with advisor approval.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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