Jul 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

History and Social Science Education (BA)

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This degree is designed for students who are interested in a career in secondary school teaching. The courses chosen reflect the content of subjects taught in high schools and middle schools in California and therefore should be useful for those contemplating the profession of teaching history and social studies. It does not, however, provide a waiver of the CSET examination.

Additional Requirements

Required Capstone Seminar

(see under “required courses”)

A capstone seminar, HIST 488 Teaching History in the Secondary Schools , will be taught by a member of the history department and will focus on the ways in which historical research is brought into middle and high school curriculum. Seminar participants will examine textbooks and other materials designed for history instruction; engage in independent research; write curriculum and/or classroom units or lesson plans; and visit classrooms to assist with history instruction in the schools.

Honors Thesis

In addition to the 10 courses required for the major, students pursuing departmental honors must complete one additional course, HIST 492  Honors Thesis. This course will be taught by a history department faculty for select students choosing to research and write an honors thesis.

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