The Bachelor of Arts in History (8–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to teach the important milestones of history. You’ll play a vital role in the education of young people, showing them how the past informs today’s ever-changing world. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in secondary schools in Austin.
You’ll study a range of topics that give you the flexibility to teach different segments of history, such as U.S., European and world. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 8–12 History teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in secondary classrooms.
Bachelor of Arts in History (7–12)
As a BA in History major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for helping students analyze historical events, conduct research and build compelling arguments. You’ll learn to design lesson plans, present subject material and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.
Students select this degree with the goal of teaching history in secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.
With a BA in History, graduates may teach history in secondary school classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (33 CREDIT HOURS):
• U.S. History to 1877
• U.S. History Since 1877
• World Civilization: Pre-Modern World
• World Civilization: The Modern World
• History of Texas
• Western Civilization
• European History
• Senior Research Seminar
• 20th Century Europe
• Upper division electives (two courses)
Choose at least 3 hours minimum of electives
V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations
VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Secondary Classroom
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.