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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History BA/Social Studies Adolescence Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Twelve History Courses (36 credits)

  • Eight of the twelve HIS courses must be at the 300/400 level (24 credits), including at least two 400-level HIS seminars.
  • At least one course, at any level, must be taken from each of the four different breadth areas below.
    • It is recommended that students take 100 and 200-level courses that satisfy the breadth requirement in the first two years.

Asian, African Continent, or Latin American History of Any Period (AAL)

US History (USH)

Graduate Course Requirements

Social Studies Education Core (27 credits)

  • LAI 521- Improving Social Studies Instruction in Elem Classroom 
  • LAI 552 - Middle Childhood/ Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 595 - Supervised Teaching II
  • LAI 620 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 
  • LAI 622 - Research in Social Studies Education OR LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Training I
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching
  • LAI 698 - Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Classrooms

Four History Electives (12 credits)

Advisor approved 500 level history and/or social science electives offered through the College of Arts and Sciences or the Graduate School of Education and/or: LAI 520, LAI 522, LAI 523 

Culminating Experience (1 credit)

  • LAI 700 - Capstone


Education Core: Courses notated with “*” are dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Breadth requirement: A course that seems to fall into two breadth areas may be used to satisfy the requirement of one area.  A course used to fulfill a requirement for a double major, joint major, or a minor in another subject may not also fulfill a requirement for the history major.

NYS Education Department requires students in social studies teacher preparation programs meet the following requirements, which may be double-dip with the Pathways UB Curriculum requirements.

  • One ECO course any level (Recommend ECO 181  or ECO 182 )
  • One PSC course any level (Recommend PSC 102 )
  • One GEO course at any level, excluding courses approved for SLI (Recommend GEO 100 , GEO 102 , or GEO 120 )



Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 36

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 16 credits of Education Core*

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 92

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 40

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 132

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Each HIS course must be completed with a minimum grade of C- (1.667), to count toward the History BA requirements.  An overall grade point average of at least 2.150 in courses counting toward the history requirements is required to graduate. UB Seminars (198/199 courses) may not count toward major requirements.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students majoring in history may receive credit for up to five history courses (15 credit hours) but must take seven upper-level history courses, including the two 400-level seminars, at UB. Transfer courses will be evaluated and will only be applicable to the BA if they directly articulate to or otherwise satisfy one of the History BA requirements.

Program Honors

Majors who complete at least four history courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.330 (B+) or who have a letter of support from a faculty member willing to supervise their project are eligible to apply for admission to the History department Honors Program. Students participate in HIS 497  and HIS 497  and produce a substantial thesis based on primary source research. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

  • UB Seminar Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200-level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 100 or 200-level Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits (ECO Recommended): 3
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Math & Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Pathway (PSC Recommended) Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • HIS 300-level (breadth) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • HIS 300-level (breadth) Credits: 3
  • HIS 300-level Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Spring

  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • HIS 400 level Credits: 3
  • LAI 552LEC - Middle Childhood/ Adolescent Literacy Methods Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 12

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 9

Fifth Year Fall

  • LAI 620LEC - Tchng Soc Studies Gr 5-12 Credits: 3
  • LAI 667TUT -  Field Experience Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT -  Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 698LEC -  Teachg in Secondary Sch Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 3
  • LAI 622SEM - Res in Soc Studies Educ Credits: 3
  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 700 - Capstone Credits: 1

Total Credits: 10

Total Credits Required: 132

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the History BA. In addition, graduates of the Social Studies Education EdM program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.


(HEGIS: 22.05 HISTORY, CIP54.0101 History, General)


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