History B.A. - History Education

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - History; History Education Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 46

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019


  • A maximum of 60 credits in History are allowed. Penalties will apply for more than 60 credits.
  • Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. 
  • Students who choose to complete the concentration in History Education must also complete the teaching track/concentration in a major or minor in a second field.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core Courses12
American History Introductory Course
European History Introductory Course
Montana History
Historical Methods Course
American History Upper-Division Electives6
World History Electives9
European Upper-Division History Electives6
Upper-Division History Electives6
Teaching Methods Requirement4
Advanced Writing in History Requirement3
Total Hours46

Lower-Division Core Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 12 total credits required.

Note: AP Policy: Those students scoring a "5" on the European History AP exam can be excused from the survey course requirement. Another European history course must then be taken in place of the survey course. Please consult with the Humanities Advisor with questions.

American History Introductory Course

Complete one of the following courses:4
American History I
Honors American History I
American History II
Honors American History II
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

European History Introductory Course

Complete one of the following courses:4
Western Civilization I
Honors Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Honors Western Civilization II
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Montana History

Complete the following course:
HSTA 255Montana History3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Historical Methods Course

Complete the following course:
HSTR 200Intro: Historical Methods1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American History Upper-Division Electives

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Early American Republic
American Civil War Era
Birth of Modern US
America in Crisis
U.S. History: WWII to Present
U.S. in the 1950s
U.S. in the 1960s
American Military History
Movie America
Afr Amer Hist to 1865
Afr Amer Hist Since 1865
African-American Struggle for Equality
Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
The American South
Wmn Amer Colonial to Civil War
Wmn Amer Civil War to Present
Alcohol in American History
AmericanConstitutional History
History of American Law
Families & Children in America
Special Topics
Special topics
Environmental History
20th Cent Amer West
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

World History Electives

Complete 9 credits of the following courses:9
The Silk Road
Special Topics
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
East Asian Civilizations
Central Asian Cult & Civ
Islamic Civil: Classical Age
Islamic Civ: Modrn Era
Terrorism:Viol Mod Wrld
Special Topics
Writing For History
Latin America: Reform & Revolution
Modern China
Iran Between Two Revolutions
Nationalism Modern Middle East
Special Topics
Independent Study
Lat Am Human Rgts & Memory
US-Latin America Relations
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

European Upper-Division History Electives

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Writing For History
Ancient Greek Social History
Ancient Greece
Age of Absolut 1648-1789
European Social and Intellectual History: 1450-1789
European Social and Intellectual History: The 19th Century
Britain 1485-1688
Britain from Rev - Reform 1688
France Revol 1789-1848
Modern France
Italy: 1300-1800
Italy: 1800-Present
Russia to 1881
Russia Since 1881
Eastern Europe
European Internal Relat
Special Topics
The Great Historians
Special Topics
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division History Electives

Complete two additional HSTA or HSTR courses at the 300-level and above.6
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Teaching Methods Requirement

Note: The EDU 497 course number is used for multiple courses. Students should register for EDU 497 Methods: 5-12 Social Studies.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced Writing in History Requirement

Complete one of the the following courses:3
The Black Radical Tradition
Prayer & Civil Rights
Research in Montana History
Writing Women's Lives
Historical Research Seminar
Britain 1500 - 1800
US-Latin America Relations
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­history, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department