About the Program
The Purdue University Northwest Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Social Studies Education is housed within the department of History and Philosophy. This program, cooperatively developed and supported by the department and the PNW School of Education and Counseling, is specifically designed to provide preparation for teachers of social studies at the secondary level - in both middle and high schools. In alignment with standards set by the state of Indiana Department of Education, students each specialize in the teaching of historical perspectives, and additionally choose at least two of the following areas of specialization: Economics, Government and Citizenship, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology.
Graduates of our program have gone on to become excellent teachers, earning awards and successfully changing the lives of students in Indiana and beyond through social studies education.
- 123-129 Credit Hours
- Minimum grade of B required for ENGL 10400, ENGL 10500, and COM 11400; Minimum grade of C required for all Education, History, Intense Area, and Foreign Language courses, with the exception of HIST 10600 which requires a minimum grade of B-; Minimum grade of B- required for EDCI 30900, EDCI 32300, EDCI 34700, EDCI 35500, EDCI 36600, and EDPS 37000; minimum grade of C required for EDPS 22000, EDPS 26000, EDPS 28500
- Minimum GPA of 2.8 required for graduation
- Certain courses may only be available at one campus location
PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)
Concentration Core (36 Credits)
Social Studies Intense Areas (18-24 Credits)
Choose 15 credit hours in two of the following intense areas: Economics, Government, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology. Some courses listed here are completed as Gen. Ed. requirements, or can be completed within the Major Core, making the total 18-24.
*ECON 37500 United States Economic History or HIST 37400 United States Economic History would also satisfy Major Core requirement.
**HIST36110 Environmental History of Latin America, HIST38000 American Environmental History or HIST39000 Historical Geography would also satisfy one of the Major Core requirements.
Civics Literacy Proficiency
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
Total 123-129 Credits Required
Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): Minimum grade of B required for ENGL 10400, ENGL 10500, and COM 11400; Minimum grade of C required for all Education, History, Intense Area, and Foreign Language courses, with the exception of HIST 10600 which requires a minimum grade of B-; Minimum grade of B- required for EDCI 30900, EDCI 32300, EDCI 34700, EDCI 35500, EDCI 36600, and EDPS 37000; minimum grade of C required for EDPS 22000, EDPS 26000, EDPS 28500; 2.8 GPA
Experiential Learning (EL): One EL course required. EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.
General Education Core: General Education notations can be found within the course description. Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.
Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study.
Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.
Semester 5 (15-18 Credits)
Additional Information and Guidelines
Note 1: Students must take four levels of same language; Any language is accepted.
Note 2: EDCI 35500 – Admission to Gate 2 courses requires screening by the Department of Teacher Preparation Advisor. Courses marked with (f) require field observations.
Note 3: Admission to Gate 3 and beyond requires admission to the Teacher Preparation program and passing of state licensure exams.
Note 4: In place of HIST 11000, students may take both HIST 10200 and HIST 10300. This will increase the number of credit hours required to complete the degree.
Note 5: Students whose Intense Area 3 is Geography and who take either HIST 36100 Environmental History of Latin America, HIST 38000 American Environmental History, or HIST 39300 Historical Geography for either their U.S. History course or non-U.S. History course may also count that course as a requirement for their Intense Area Course