Bachelor of Science in History (4-8 Social Studies Certification)


The Bachelor of Arts degree in History offers solid preparation for proceeding to graduate programs in the field or to careers in the public or nonprofit sectors. In addition, this degree provides an excellent background and professional preparation in the following fields: teaching at the middle school, secondary school, or college level; library science; work with archives, historical associations, museums or national parks; journalism; criminal justice administration; legal assistance; law school; foreign service; and administrative, federal, and state civil service.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Degree Skills

  1. Employers want employees who are organized and complete projects on time. The B.S. in History develops these skills by requiring students to read, research, and write independently, and present research in a public forum (orally or in written form) with fixed deadlines.
  2. ​Employers want employees who have solid writing and compositional skills. The B.S. in History develops this skill by requiring students to engage in clear, persuasive, grammatically, and stylistically correct writing projects (research papers, policy briefs, reaction papers, memos, position papers, etc.).
  3. ​Employers want employees who have solid oral communication skills. The B.S. in History develops these skills by requiring students to present their research in a public forum (that is, in front of a class of peers) using visual aids (slides, charts, graphs, etc.) or to role-play in a public forum requiring extensive research on that role.

Teacher Certification Skills

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.


Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 30 SCH  Required Minor: 29 SCH

Program Code: HISTORY.BS.4-8.EDUC  CIP Code: 54.0101.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

HIST 2013Survey of World Civilization to 17153
or HIST 2023 Survey of World Civilization Since 1715
HIST 2713History of Texas3
HIST 4233Global Issues and Trends3
HIST 4843Senior Seminar3
SOCI 3273World Regional Geography3
Advanced HIST SCH; 6 SCH must be non-US15
Total SCHs30

Departmental Requirements

English Literature (2000 level or higher) 3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Total SCHs19

Professional Education Studies

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program is required. Students must apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 3482EDUC 4113/EDUC 4243, and EDUC 4946. Information is available from the Office of Educator Preparation Services.

Pedagogical and Professional Responsibility
EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Related Studies in Education
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
READ 3423Literacy Foundations: 4-83
Total SCHs29


  1. EDUC 2003 may be taken at a community college. Check with the Office of Educator Preparation Services to make sure the course has the equivalent number.
  2. EDUC 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester.

Recommended Plan of Study

*Course of study is suggested only. It is recommended to see an advisor for a personalized Program of Study.

First Year
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Mathematics Core3
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Language, Philosophy, Culture Core3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
HIST 2013
or 2023
Survey of World Civilization to 1715
or Survey of World Civilization Since 1715
HIST 2321
or HIST 2322
Multicultural Women's Studies Core3
 SCHs 15
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
Life/Physical Science Core3
English Literature3
Elective (Required for 4-8 Certification)4
 SCHs 16
Third Year
HIST 2713History of Texas HIST 23013
HIST 4233Global Issues and Trends 3
HIST Elective (advanced)3
READ 3423Literacy Foundations: 4-8 3
Additional Science3
 SCHs 15
HIST 4843Senior Seminar 3
HIST elective (advanced)3
SOCI 3273World Regional Geography 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
Additional Science3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
 SCHs 20
Fourth Year
HIST elective (advanced)3
HIST elective (advanced)3
HIST elective (advanced)3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
 SCHs 18
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  120