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History Teaching Preparation Major

If you are interested in pursuing a teaching career, you should consider enrolling in the history major with a study option in teaching preparation. The program offers you a solid foundation in history from the Renaissance through the modern period, and opportunities to explore the pedagogical skills required for teaching. You begin by taking survey courses in U.S., Western, and non-Western history, and then take at least four upper-division seminars on themes that reflect different faculty members’ current research and expertise. You also take a variety of courses from disciplines related to history, and essential for preparing to teach social studies, such as geography, political science, and anthropology. Geared towards preparing prospective teachers, the program gives you a chance to study the theory and practice of history in a junior seminar dedicated to social studies pedagogy. You complete the program with a capstone project that requires you to conduct intensive, original research that serves as the foundation for an instructional unit ready for use in a social studies classroom. At the end of each semester, you will present your results in a day-long public conference.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History with Study Option in Teaching Preparation (120 credits)

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For specific details, please contact the history program chair or speak to your academic advisor.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the history program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Gary Kroll, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 323
Phone: (518) 564-2738
Fax: (518) 564-2212
Email: [email protected]