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Get your degree in History from BHSU

The diverse coursework of the BHSU history major explores the worlds of American, European, and regional history. Living in the Black Hills also gives student the opportunity to study the Gold Rush, tour ghost towns, and learn about the Native American Cultures.

Your professors will guide you as you consider various career options. Although many historians enter the teaching profession or go to graduate school, others find employment in government agencies, museums, historical societies, research organizations, and archives.

Check out what is happening within the History program at BHSU with Alumni and the History Faculty

The History program at BHSU offers

  • Excellent regional history resources at the Case Library on the BHSU campus
  • Many internship opportunities for hands-on learning experiences at area museums and archives
  • An active student History Association which takes field-trips and promotes history
  • Outstanding faculty who make history come alive

History Course Requirements

History Major:

Required Core - 27 semester hours

  • 3 HIST 121 Western Civilization I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 151 United States History I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 152 United States History II
  • 3 HIST 240 Intro to Public History & Cultural Resources
  • 3 HIST 257 Early American Indian History and Culture (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 327 European History 1500-1815
  • 3 HIST 328 European History since 1815
  • 3 HIST 359 Recent American History
  • 3 HIST 480 Historical Methods & Historiography
  • Take one of the following four courses:
    HIST 115 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations
    HIST 313 History of the Middle East
    HIST 412 History of the Far East
    HIST 418 History of Latin America
  • 9 HIST 300/400 level Electives

Gen Ed Requirements - 34 semester hours
3 ENGL 101 Composition I
3 ENGL 201 Composition II
3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
6 Gen Ed - Social Sciences
6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

History Teaching Major

Required Core 

  • 3 HIST 121 Western Civilization I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 151 United States History I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 152 United States History II
  • 3 HIST 257 Early American Indian History and Culture (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 327 European History 1500-1815
  • 3 HIST 328 European History since 1815
  • 3 HIST 359 Recent American History
  • 3 HIST 476 History of South Dakota
  • 3 HIST 480 Historical Methods & Historiography 
  • 3 SEED 415 7-12 Social Science Methods
  • Take one from the following four courses: HIST 115 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations HIST 313 History of the Middle East HIST 412 History of the Far East HIST 418 History of Latin America
  • 6 HIST 300/400 level Electives

Pre-Professional Teaching Core 

  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core 

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 2 MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 12 SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations 

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science - satisfied with major
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, but to be certified to teach, a content PRAXIS exam must be passed in both the major & minor areas of study. 

History Minor:

  • 3 HIST - 300/400 History Elective
  • 6 HIST - 300/400 Non-US History Electives
  • 3 HIST - 300/400 US History Elective
  • 3 HIST 121 - Western Civilization I
  • 3 HIST 151 - United States History I
  • 3 HIST 152 - United States History II

History Teaching Minor

  • 3 HIST 121 Western Civilization I
  • 3 HIST 151 United States History I
  • 3 HIST 152 United States History II
  • 3 HIST 476 History of South Dakota
  • 3 HIST 300/400 Non-US History Elective
  • 3 HIST 300/400 US History Elective
  • 3 SEED 415 7-12 Social Studies Methods*
  • 3 Take one from the following: HIST 115 Survey of Non-Western Civilization HIST 313 History of the Middle East HIST 412 HIST of the Far East HIST 418 History of Latin America

* This is required only for those taking Secondary Education. Those taking Elementary Education should replace this with an additional three hours of History electives.

Career Opportunities

History majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Teaching
  • Government Agencies
  • Forest Service
  • National Parks Service
  • Museums
  • Historical Societies
  • Research Organizations
  • Historic Preservation

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