University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

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, students will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - History; History Education Concentration

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

Degree Specific Credits: 46

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0


  • 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 for more information.
  • Students who choose to complete the concentration in History Education must also complete the teaching concentration in a major or education minor in a second field.

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
The American Revolution and Founding Era
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
America at War, 1898-Present
African American History to 1865
African American History Since 1865
African-American Struggle for Equality
Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
The American South
Women in America: Colonial Period to Civil War
Women in America: From the Civil War to the Present
The History of American Thought to 1865
Alcohol in American History
American Constitutional History
History of American Law
Families & Children in America
Special Topics
Special topics
Environmental History
20th Century American West
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

World History Electives

Complete 9 credits of the following courses:9
Special Topics
History of the Bible
Early Christianity
God- Past, Puzzle, Present
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
East Asian Civilizations
Islamic Civilization: Classical Age
Terrorism: Violence in the Modern World
Special Topics
Writing For History
The First Historians
Religion and Violence
Origins of Western Religion
Prophets and Prophecy
Latin America: Reform & Revolution
Latin America: Workers & Labor
History of the Ancient Near East
Iran Between Two Revolutions
Nationalism and the Modern Middle East
Special Topics
Independent Study
Latin American Human Rights & Memory
US-Latin America Relations
Special Topics
Independent Study
Revolution & Reform in Modern China
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

European Upper-Division History Electives

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Writing For History
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Age of Absolut 1648-1789
The Roman Empire
European Social and Intellectual History: The 19th Century
European Social and Intellectual History: The 20th Century
Britain 1485-1688
Britain from Revolution to Reform 1688
Democracy: Ancient to Modern
France Revolution 1789-1848
Modern France
Italy: 1300-1800
Italy: 1800-Present
Russia to 1881
Russia Since 1881
Germany: Augsburg-Bismarck
Eastern Europe
European Internal Relations
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 following courses:3
The Black Radical Tradition
Prayer & Civil Rights
Research in Montana History
Writing Women's Lives
Historical Research Seminar
HSTR 418
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