Feb 27, 2024
The double major in History and in Social Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP), offered by the Department of History, is ideal for students considering a teaching career. Middle and high school social science teachers typically teach survey courses in both United States and World History. Future social science teachers would therefore benefit from acquiring the in-depth historical content knowledge and historical thinking skills of a History BA. But social science teachers at the secondary level must often teach economics, government, geography, or ethnic studies as well. Students who double major in History and SSTP will therefore benefit from the breadth of courses in the SSTP program and its emphasis on the practical elements of teaching, including how to engage students in the classroom and how to create and maintain effective learning environments. Both majors can be completed in four years and will provide subject matter preparation for a single subject teaching credential program.
Summary of Degree Units
|University Graduation Requirements
|Major Core Requirements
The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.
Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements, which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education, American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations).
Core Lower Division General Education (33 units)
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all lower division GE requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education (3 units)
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) requirement may be satisfied in the major (if identified below) or by transfer from a community college or university. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/AMS 1B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/HUM 1B/HUM 2A/HUM 2B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement.
Consult major advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education (2 units)
All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses.
Majors Requirements (76 units)
Lower Division Major Requirements (15 units)
Complete One Sequence From:
Chicana and Chicano Studies
Upper Division Requirements- History (34 units)
*Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 188 and/or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 153 or HIST 155 will complete the History major with 32 or 33 upper-division units.
Field of Study Courses (28 units)
Upper-division History courses are divided into 4 fields of study: Ancient & Medieval, Modern Europe, United States, and World. 28 units of upper-division courses must include 2 from one field, 2 courses from a second field, 1 course from a third field, and 2 from any field for a total of 7 courses. Among those 7 courses, double-major students must select HIST 189A, HIST 189B, at least 2 Advanced Topics, and at least 2 pre-1750 courses. Consult History advisor for details.
Upper Division Requirements- SSTP (27 units)
**These 9 courses are separate and distinct from the History BA requirements.
University Electives (6 units)
Total Units Required (120 units)