Academic Catalog

History/Social Science, Bachelor of Arts

College: College of Liberal Arts
Department: History, Philosophy, and Theology
Student Type: Traditional Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Campus: Lisle Campus

Students who desire to be licensed to teach social science-history at the secondary level (grades 9-12) are to declare themselves as History/Social Science majors and Education minors and register with the Benedictine University Education Program as teaching licensure candidates.

Advising is then a joint responsibility of the Department of Social Science and the School of Education. For History/Social Science, advisor for this program see Susan Mikula, Ph.D.

Students interested in a History major and are not intending to be teachers should pursue the History major instead.  Students interested in a Social Science major which includes track options in Political Science, Economics, Psychology, History, Criminology, and Sociology and are not intending to be teachers should pursue the Social Science major instead. 

Requirements - Major

Students must complete, with a grade of “C” or better, 24 semester credit hours in history, 9 semester credit hours in political science and 3 additional courses in the social sciences. At least 24 semester credit hours have to be at the 2000 level or above, including 18 semester credit hours at the 3000 level or above. The major will ordinarily consist of the following:

HIST 1111American History to 18653
HIST 1112American History since 18653
HIST 2240Converging Hemispheres3
HIST 3303Historiography3
HIST 4399Senior Thesis3
3 semester credit hour course from each ofAmerican, European, and world history, with two at the 3000-level and one at the 4000-level9
Political Science
PLSC 1101Global Affairs3
PLSC 2201State and Local Government3
3 semester credit hours of 3000-level or above Political Science course3
Economics, Geography, and Sociology
ECON 2002Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 1106Geography and Cartography3
SOCL 1100Principles of Sociology3
Total Hours42

Students must complete the requirement for a major in History/Social Science as well as the requirements of the Teacher Licensure Program in Education which includes the Education minor (see Education [Elementary Education, Special Education and Minors in Education and Special Education] section).