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Lake Superior State University

History: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The bachelor of arts or science degree will prepare you for entry-level work in industry and government as well as prepare you for graduate or professional schools.

Students may wish to co-enroll in the Teacher Education Program and complete the requirements for elementary or secondary certification.

Other Qualifications — Graduate degrees may be necessary for some of the positions shown. The Ph.D. is essential for appointment to a permanent teaching and research position in colleges and universities.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts History
Bachelor of Science History

Required Courses

  • HIST101 History of World Civilization I 4
  • HIST102 History of World Civilization II 4
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
  • HIST132 United States History II 4
  • HIST496 Historical Methods 2
  • HIST497 Senior Seminar in History 2


Choose 16 credits from any 300/400 level History classes except HIST496 and 497:

  • History Electives to Total 30 Semester Hours 4
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3

Choose one course from:

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • GEOG321 Geography of Europe and Great Britain 4
  • GEOG322 Geography of South American,
  • Central American and Caribbean Region 4
  • GEOG323 Geography of East and Southeast Asia 4
  • GEOG325 Regional Geography of North America 4
  • GEOG360 Historical Geography of Eastern North America 4


General Education Requirements

BA Degree Requirements

  • One Year Foreign Language 8


BS Degree Requirements

  • Computer Science, Natural Science, Mathematics, or Social Science beyond general education and major requirements 8

Total Credits for Degree: 124

Bachelor of Arts History, Secondary Teacher Certification
Bachelor of Science History, Secondary Teacher Certification

Requirements: In addition to general education requirements, students must complete:

  1. 47 semester credit hours in the courses specified below, or their equivalents;
  2. A minor approved for teacher certification; and
  3. Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

Secondary History Major (47 credits)

  • HIST101 History of World Civilization I 4
  • HIST102 History of World Civilization II 4
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
  • HIST132 United States History II 4
  • HIST496 Historical Methods 2
  • HIST497 Senior Seminar in History 2
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography 3
  • POLI110 Intro. to American Government 4

Complete one methods course from the following:

  • EDUC444 Secondary Methods: Social Studies 3
  • EDUC454 Directed Study: Social Studies

History Cognates

Select three courses from the following list:

  • HIST302 England and the Modern World 4
  • HIST315 Europe: From Napolean to WWII 4
  • HIST316 Europe in the 20th Century 4
  • HIST361 Latin America 4
  • HIST371 Far East Civilization 1850-Present 4 HIST440 The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution 4
  • HIST441 Diplomatic History U.S. I 4
  • HIST442 Diplomatic History U.S. II 4

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.