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History - Secondary Education Concentration | Undergraduate Degree Program

History - Secondary Education Concentration

Explore the impact of past events on vital contemporary problems.  Synthesize the study of past human activity with the nature, purpose and principles of governmental systems throughout the world. You will develop an understanding of public events and trends in both national and international spheres. Courses will explore the interrelationships between society and the environment, issues of war and peace, and movements for social and political change.

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.

History - Secondary Education is offered at the following locations.

  • Overland Park, Kansas

Education 6-12 Licensure Courses

Required Courses

  • The Teaching Profession I
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Schools in a Diverse Society
  • Secondary Methods and RICA
  • Specialized Methods/Practicum
  • SEI Methods for ELL II
  • Secondary Student Teaching I
  • Secondary Student Teaching II


History Major Courses

World Regional Geography |  
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 |  
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 |  
Uses principle theme of the development of United States since reconstruction. Examines political, economic, social, and cultural development.

World Civilization I |  
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 |  
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.

Global Issues in Historical Perspective |  
Capstone course that guides student in development of an integrative project that demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes in the History major. Integrates knowledge in the political, cultural, economic, social, geographic and global aspects of historical study. May be taken as an elective.

Seminars (choose one)

Seminar in American History and Government I |  
Examines a selection of readings and topics on American history and government. Common theme, assigned readings and individual projects required. Inquire in advance for information on selected topics.

Seminar in World History I |  
Examines a selection of readings and topics in world history. Common theme, assigned readings and individual projects required.

Choose minimum of 12 semester credit hours from the following courses:

American Government |  
Introduces American government philosophy, structure and operation of it. Studies performance and problems of American government with emphasis on the question of the citizen’s knowledge, role and responsibility.

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

American Women’s History |  
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 |   
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 |  
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.

Twentieth Century World History |  
Course focuses on the history of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa in the twentieth century. Course will address globalization and consequences, colonization versus nationalism, militarization, collective security, and the effects of technology on nations. Students will assess the consequences of global, regional and civil wars throughout the century and the subsequent shift in influence to emerging nations.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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