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History/Social Studies Major

Major Overview

54-55 credits

Why History/Social Studies?
The History/Social Studies major is primarily intended for students who are planning on pursuing certification in social science education through a Master of Arts in Instruction program. It combines the depth of the history major, including significant research and writing experience, with the breadth of the social science major and provides a second option for students seeking licensure. Please note: students considering teaching in this area should be in contact with the chair of this program and the School of Education. Students should also check each semester for possible changes in course work required of them as they work toward certification at the university.

Career Options
History/Social Studies graduates pursue careers in a variety of areas, including...

  • Education, where they work as middle school, high school and college teachers.
  • Law, where they work as attorneys or paralegals for governments, businesses, and non-profits, or in private practice.
  • Information management, where they work as researchers and librarians.
  • Public History, where they work as archivists, curators, and interpreters of historic sites and exhibits.
  • Government, where they work for courts, agencies, and legislatures.
  • Publishing and journalism, where they work as reporters and editors.
  • See the Careers in History PDF for more information.

High School Preparation
Art History; Comparative Government & Politics; European History; Foreign language; Government; Sociology; Statistics; U.S. History; World History

Sample Schedule (Paradigm) and Course Descriptions

For more information contact:

Tycho de Boer, Ph.D.
Chair, History Department
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1419
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 6995