History, Political Science, and Social Studies

History, Political Science, and Social Studies for Secondary Education

This broadfield major comprises 63 credits in history, political science, and Economics or Geography or Psychology or Sociology. Since the major and the minor are combined in this program, a teaching minor is not required for licensure.

I. Major Program Requirements
Twenty-seven semester credits of history, including:

  • HI 101-102 History of Western Civilization
  • HI 121-122 History of the United States
  • HI 231 Montana and the West
    or HI 224 History of the American West
    One non-Western History course (e.g. HI 241, 251, 271, 291)
  • HI 494 Historiography
  • HI 495 Research Seminar in History

In addition, 3 credits of History at the 300-400 level

Twenty-four semester credits of Political Science courses, including:

  • PO 102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PO 104 American National Government
  • PO 115 International Relations
  • PO 205 Early Modern Political Thought
  • PO 216 American Political Thought
  • PO 222 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PO 250 Topics in American Politics
  • PO 312 Elections, Political Parties, and Public Opinion

Twelve credits in one of the following areas:

  • Economics, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology

Note: Courses in Professional Education Program Requirements may also count toward partially meeting the 12-credit
requirement in Economics, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology.

II. Professional Education Requirements

  • AN/SO 218 Introduction to Native American Studies
  • CS 103 Instructional Media and Technology
  • ED 102 Foundations of Education
  • ED/PSY 229 Educational Psychology
  • ED 245 Diversity Field Experience
  • ED 305 Classroom Management
  • ED 318 Content Area Reading and Secondary Methods
  • ED 344 Secondary Social Studies
  • ED 405 Education Seminar
  • ED 410 Student Teaching
  • ED 412 Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
  • PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
    or PSY 203 Developmental Psychology
  • SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • United States and contemporary world culture course(s)—see Carroll Course Catalog for page number.

III. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching 

Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.

Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.


Note: All History, Political Science, and Social Studies for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Major Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements
  2. Earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  3. Earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Major Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.

For full course descriptions, see the Carroll College Academic Catalog.