Degree Programs - Department of History

There are two undergraduate major programs offered by the Department of History: 

History: Liberal Arts
History: Teacher Certification.

History: Liberal Arts

A 45-credit major where students are expected to develop basic competencies in several broad areas of history. All majors are required to take a course in Western Civilization, but while the title of this course is traditional, the content and focus of the course is quite current with an emphasis on the interaction ofwestern and non-western cultures and their impact upon each other. Students are also required to take two semesters of American history where the contributions of women, minorities and the working class are fully discussed.
Additionally, every major is required to complete two upper level courses in European history, one course in either African, Latin American or Middle East history, and Senior Seminar. The balance of a student's academic program is composed of upper level electives which a student selects with department advisement.
Students who select a second major (or academic concentration for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors) have the same set of basic requirements as indicated above. Education majors must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 to be admitted into their programs of study.

History: Teacher Certification

Jointly administered by the Department of History and the Department of Instruction, Curriculum and Administration, the certificate is designed to allow undergraduates to complete their baccalaureate requirements in the major while at the same time fulfilling the State of New Jersey Certification Requirements for K - 12 teachers of history and social studies. Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 to be admitted into, and graduate from this program.
History Courses: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
A variety of history courses taught in graduate seminar format are offered in fulfillment of the M.A.L.S. degree program.


B.A. HISTORY

GENERAL EDUCATION 43-45
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
***ENG 1030 Composition 3
**MATH 1000, 1010, 1016, 1030, 1054 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3   

DISCIPLINARY & INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Choose two from different areas:
Fine Arts/Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Language
(Must take I and II for credit)    3
Music or Theater 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
*HIST 1000 Civil Society in America    
OR HIST 1062 Worlds of History 3
Choose two from different areas:   
Psychology 3
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
**MATH 1010, 1016, or 1030,
OR CPS 1031 or 1032 3
Lab Science (select two courses): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Earth Science, Astronomy     4
Additional Science course: ID or one different science course from above 3-4
Health and Physical Education 2-3
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health 3
OR
ID 1010 Leisure & Recreation in Multicultural Society 3
OR
TWO one credit PED courses 2

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES 12
Four additional 3000-4000 level courses in COMM, ENG, FL, PHIL, ANTH, SOC
PS, PSY, ECON (not required of those with second major, minor, collateral)

***ACADEMIC MAJOR (ONLY 2 C’S) 45


REQUIRED: FOUNDATION CORE 15
HIST 1030 Western Civilization I 3
HIST 1040 Western Civilization II 3
HIST 2303 US History to 1877 3
HIST 2304 US History 1877 to present 3
One 2000 level course from world areas:
African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern History 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED COURSES (3000-4000 LEVEL;
6 CREDITS REQUIRED FROM UPPER LEVEL COURSES) 18

A. One 3000-4000 level course
(from different world areas than above): African, Asian, Latin American,
Middle Eastern History 3
B. Two 3000-4000 level courses in American History 6
C. Two 3000-4000 level courses
in European History 6
D. One 3000-4000 level course in Comparative/Thematic History 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED MAJOR ELECTIVES 9
HIST 4991 3
HIST (world area recommended) 3
HIST 3

***GE AND MAJOR CAPSTONE 3

HIST    4990    Senior Seminar2
(Writing Emphasis) 3

FREE ELECTIVES (AT LEAST 50% MUST BE 3000-4000)(3) 22-24

TOTAL 124

SPECIAL NOTES:   
1 Required of freshmen and transfers
with fewer than 10 credits   
2 Requires advisor permission
3 Free electives should not include History courses
*GE required course
**Course required by major
***Grade of B- or better is required

MINOR IN HISTORY REQUIREMENTS 21
TWO courses selected from the following:
HIST 1030 History of Western Civ I                                                  
HIST 1040 History of Western Civ II 3
HIST 2303 United States History to 1877    3
HIST 2304 United States History 1877 to Present    3                       

ELECTIVES 15
Selected from upper division (3000 and 4000 level) courses with departmental advisement

B.A. HISTORY 134 OPTION: TEACHER CERTIFICATION

GENERAL EDUCATION: 44-45
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS 13

G.E. 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 Composition(2) 3
MATH 1000, 1010, 1016, 1030, 1054 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication(2) 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY & INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS   
Humanities: 9    

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas:   
Philosophy or Religion 3
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Music or Theater 3
Foreign Languages
(Must take I and II for credit) 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences: 9
*HIST 1000 Civil Society in America    
OR HIST 1062 Worlds of History 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 or ANTH 1800 3
Science and Mathematics: 10 or 11
**MATH 1010, 1016, or 1030,
OR CPS 1031 or 1032 3
Lab Science Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Geology; Meteorology; Earth Science; Astronomy    4
Additional Science Course:
Interdisciplinary (ID) or one from above 3-4
Health & Physical Education : 3    
ID 1225    Issues in Contemporary Health 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES(6) 15
ECO 1020 Principles of Economics I 3
PS 1010 Introduction to Politics 3
GEOG 2010 World Geography 3
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence 3
ID 2955 Disabled Persons in American Society 3

ACADEMIC MAJOR (ONLY 2 C’S ALLOWED) 45
Students MUST have advisement from History Dept.
   
REQUIRED: FOUNDATION CORE 15
HIST 1030 Western Civilization I(2) 3
HIST 1040 Western Civilization II(2) 3
HIST 2303 US History to 1877(2) 3
HIST 2304 US History 1877 to Present(2) 3
One 2000 level course from world areas: African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED COURSES 15
A. Two 3000-4000 level American History courses   
1. HIST 3326 History of New Jersey 3
2. 3
B. Two 3000-4000 level courses in
European History   
1. 3
2. 3
C The following 3-4000 level course in Comparative/Thematic History:   
HIST    3000    Perspectives on History(2) 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED 3000-4000 MAJOR ELECTIVES 12
(choose with advisement; must include
remaining 3 world areas of African, Asian,
Latin American, Middle Eastern History)   
1. World Area: 3
2. World Area: 3
3. World Area: 3
4. Free: (HIST 4991 recommended) 3

G.E. AND MAJOR CAPSTONE: 3
HIST 4990    Senior Seminar2,3
(Writing Emphasis) 3

PROF. ED AND GE CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS 30   
Sophomore Level   
EMSE 2801 Introductory Field Experience(2) 3
Junior Level   
EDUC 3000 Curriculum Evaluation and Learner(2) 3
EDUC 3401 Language Arts Reading(2) 3
EDUC 3122 Computers in Education(2) 3
EDUC 3240 Social Studies K-122 WE 3
ESME 3801 Junior Field Experience(4)
(rec. take with 3903) 2
EMSE 3903 Teaching English Language Learners(2) 1
Senior Level   
EMSE 4811 Professional Internship(4) (Praxis II content area exam must be passed before student teaching) 9

PROF. ED/GE CAPSTONE COURSE   
EDUC 4000 Teacher and Classroom(2) 3

TOTAL CREDITS 134

SPECIAL NOTES:   
(1) Required of freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits   
(2) Grade of B- or better is required
(3) Requires advisor permission
(4) Requires grade of Satisfactory
(5) All ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES require a grade of C or better
*G.E. required course   
**Course required by Major
   

B.A. HISTORY OPTION: TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND K-12 HISTORY

GENERAL EDUCATION 44-45
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS 13  
 
G.E. 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 Composition(2) 3
MATH 1000, 1010, 1016, 1030, 1054(2) 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication(2) 3
GE 2023    Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY & INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS:   
Humanities 9   

*ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas:   
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Music or Theater 3
Social Sciences 9   
*HIST 1000 Civil Society in America    
OR HIST 1062 Worlds of History 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 OR ANTH 1800 3
Science and Mathematics 10 or 11   
MATH or CPS 3
Lab Science
BIO 1000 Principles of Biology(5) 4
Additional Science Course: Select one from the following: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology, or Physics 3-4
Health & Physical Education 3   
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES(6) 24
ECON 1020 Principles of Economics I 3
PS 1010 Introduction to Politics 3
GEOG 2010 World Geography 3
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence 3
ID 2052 Human Exceptionality(2,4) 3
ID 3051 Computer Tech Today’s Inclu Soc 3
ID 3162 Families as CollabClasrm 3
ID 3163 Bldg Inclu Environ Pos Beh Sup 3

ACADEMIC MAJOR: 45.H. TOTAL (2 C’S ONLY)
(Students must have advisement from History Dept)

Required: Foundation Core 15
HIST 1030 Western Civilization I(2) 3
HIST 1040 Western Civilization II(2) 3
HIST 2303 US History to 1877(2) 3
HIST 2304 US History 1877 to present(2) 3
One 2000 level course from world areas: African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED COURSES 15
A. Two 3000-4000 level courses in American History
1. HIST 3326 NJ History 3
2. 3
B. Two 3000-4000 level courses in European History
1. 3
2. 3
C. The following 3-4000 level course in Comparative/Thematic History:
HIST 3000 Perspectives on History 3

REQUIRED: ADVANCED 3000-4000 MAJOR ELECTIVES 12
(choose with advisement; must include
remaining 3 world areas: African, Asian,
Latin American, Middle Eastern)
1. World Area 3
2. World Area 3
3. World Area 3
4. Free (HIST 4991 recommended)    3

G.E. AND MAJOR CAPSTONE 3
HIST 4990 Senior Seminar(2,3)
(Writing Emphasis)

PROF. ED AND GE CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS 32
Sophomore Level
SPED 2120 Introductory Field Exp(4,2) 3
SPED 2200 Multicult Leaner/ Diverse settings(4,2) 3
Junior Level
EDUC 3000 Curr & Eval & Learner    3
SPED 3000 Prin and Pract Comtem Edu (WE)(4) 3
SPED 3001 Preprofessional Field Exp 3
EDUC 3401 Lang/Rdg K-124 3
EMSE 3240 Social Studies/Contemp Issues in Ed 3
Senior Level (taken concurrently)
SPED 4135 Professional Field Exp 9
EDUC 4000 Teacher & Classroom 3

TOTAL CREDITS 145


SPECIAL NOTES:   
(1) Required of freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits   
(2) Grade of B- or better is required   
(3) Requires advisor permission   
(4) 2.75 cumulative G.P.A. is required   
(5) Required Course   
(6) All ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES require a grade of C or better, EXCEPT Human Exceptionality which requires at B- or better.   
*G.E. required course   
**Course required by Major   

 

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F: 908-737-0265
cbellitt@kean.edu






            
            
          
    
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