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Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

History, Comprehensive Secondary Social Studies Teacher Licensure, B.A.

The Department of History, in collaboration with the College of Education, offers the premier track to a North Carolina Professional Licensure III status in History and Social Studies. The coursework for this licensure includes nearly equal numbers of content area courses in history and affiliated social studies supervised by the Department of History, and education courses supervised by the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education. Students interested in teacher licensure should declare their intent with the Department of History as soon as possible to prevent unnecessary delays.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • See University Admission Requirements  
  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Declaration of Major:  Advising session required while declaring major
  • Transfer students are required to take at least 15 hours of history major coursework at UNC Charlotte

Minor in Secondary Education

Students must have a Minor in Secondary Education to obtain teaching licensure.

Admissions Requirements - Minor
·       30 earned credit hours with 2.7 overall GPA
·       Complete MDSK 2100 and the Praxis Core test

Graduation Requirements -  Minor
·       2.75 overall GPA and in content background/licensure courses (with grades of C or above)

Currently Enrolled Students

To declare the History major, please visit the Department of History Undergraduate Advising

Overall GPA must be 2.0 in order to change majors. An advisor will contact you for a meeting.

Degree Requirements

A Major in History leading to the B.A. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of history courses. Six (6) of these hours must be in non-western history (either as HIST 400X or 2000/3000 Restricted Elective). In order to attain a History Comprehensive Secondary Social Studies Licensure, candidates must declare a Minor in Secondary Education in addition to fulfilling content background requirements in Social Studies. 

General Education Courses (31-32 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program . The History Department offers the Issues in Global History (HIST 1502 ) and the Issues in United States History (HIST 1512 ) general education courses. These are open to all students within and outside the department. Majors may apply 6 credits from general education courses to their degree requirements. 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement 

History Methodology Sequence Courses (9 credit hours)

The courses in this sequence cannot be taken at the same time.  A grade of C or above in HIST 3600  is required to progress to HIST 400x.  A grade of C or above in HIST 400x is required to progress to HIST 4600 .

History Skills Seminar (3 credit hours)

Senior Research Seminar (3 credit hours)

History Licensure Requirements (6 credit hours)

Comprehensive Secondary Education Social Studies Teacher Licensure students must pass the following courses:

Restricted Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

History 1000/2000/3000 Level Course (3 credit hours)

HIST 1xxx/2xxx/3xxx - History Elective (3)

History 2000/3000 Level Courses (6 credit hours)

  • HIST 2xxx/3xxx - History Elective (3)
  • HIST 2xxx/3xxx - History Elective (3)

History 3000 Level Courses (6 credit hours)

  • HIST 3xxx - History Elective (3)
  • HIST 3xxx - History Elective (3)

Non-Western History Requirements

These courses also fulfill requirements in the History Methodology Sequence and/or Restrictive Elective requirements. Select two of the following:

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Pedagogical Theory and Praxis

Minor in Secondary Education (32 credit hours)

Students must have a Minor in Secondary Education to obtain teaching licensure.

Admission Requirements
  • 30 earned credit hours with 2.7 overall GPA
  • Complete MDSK 2100  and the Praxis Core test
Graduation Requirements
  • 2.75 overall GPA and in content background/licensure courses (with grades of C or above)

See the Minor in Secondary Education in the College of Education section of this Catalog for more details. Licensure applications are the responsibility of the student and the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) in the College of Education.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Progression Requirements

Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all History courses. Grades of C or above are required in HIST 3600  and either HIST 4000 , HIST 4001 , HIST 4002 , HIST 4003 , or HIST 4004 . To be eligible for licensure, students must obtain a grade of C or above for all History, Social Studies, and Education courses, as well as a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above for admission to the College of Education, and a 2.75 GPA in History and Social Studies coursework.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in History, visit the program page .