History (BA) - Secondary Education Track

Program of Study

Core IMPACTS Area : Institutional Priorities 14-5
Choose one of the following communication options3
Public Speaking
Foreign Language Course Options
AMSL, ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, GREK, ITAL, JAPN, KREN, LATIN, PORT, SPAN - 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002; SWAH - 1001, 1002.
Take one of the following courses1-2
Scholarship Across the Disciplines
Introduction to Servant Leadership
Perspectives 1-hour
Perspectives 2-hour
Core IMPACTS Area : Mathematics & Quantitative Skills 13-7
DATA 1501Introduction to Data Science 3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3
MATH 1101Introduction to Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
MATH 1113Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1125Applied Calculus3
MATH 1131Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 1132Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 1165Computer-Assisted Problem Solving3
MATH 1401Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 1501Calculus I4
MATH 2125Introduction to Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 1401Elementary Statistics3
Core IMPACTS Area : Political Science and U.S. History 6
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
POLS 1101American Government3
Core IMPACTS Area : Arts, Humanities, and Ethics 6
Select one Fine Arts course3
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Comparative Arts 2
Select one Humanities course3
World Literature I
World Literature II
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Introduction to Philosophy
Comparative Arts 2
Core IMPACTS Area : Communicating in Writing 6
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Core IMPACTS Area : Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences 1,37-11
ANTH 1145Human Origins3
ASTR 1105Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System3
ASTR 1106Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies3
ASTR 1305Descriptive Astronomy Lab1
ATSC 1112Understanding the Weather3
ATSC 1112LUnderstanding the Weather Lab1
BIOL 1125Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab3
BIOL 1215KIntroductory Biology4
BIOL 1225KContemporary Issues in Biology with Lab4
CHEM 1151
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1152
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1212
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CPSC 1105Introduction to Computing Principles and Technology3
CPSC 1301KComputer Science I4
ENVS 1105Environmental Studies3
ENVS 1105LEnvironmental Studies Laboratory1
ENVS 1205KSustainability and the Environment4
GEOG 2215Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 1110Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment3
GEOL 1121Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology3
GEOL 1121LIntroductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab1
GEOL 1122Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology3
GEOL 1322Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab1
GEOL 2225The Fossil Record4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1311
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1312
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
PHYS 1125Physics of Color and Sound3
PHYS 1325Physics of Color and Sound Lab1
PHYS 2211
PHYS 2311
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
PHYS 2212
PHYS 2312
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
Core IMPACTS Area : Social Sciences6
Select one Behavioral Science course
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Moral Philosophy
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one World Cultures course3
Discovering Archaeology
Cultural Anthropology
Ancient World Civilizations
Language and Culture
Language and Culture
World Regional Geography
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Understanding Non-Western Cultures
Core IMPACTS Total Hours42
Health and Wellness3
KINS 1106Lifetime Wellness2
or PHED 1205 Concepts of Fitness
Select one of the following1
Any PEDS course
Body Mapping (Music Majors Only)

The hours applied in the Institutional Priorities; Mathematics & Quantitative Skills; and Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences areas must add to 18 credit hours. 


ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts, though listed under both Fine Arts and Humanities, may be taken only once. 


At least 4 of the credit hours in this area must be in a lab science course.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
Complete the core requirements for this program45
Core Total45
Field of Study Requirements
Foreign Language 10023
Foreign Language 20013
HIST 1111World History to 15003
HIST 1112World History since 15003
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
EDUC 2140Foundations of Reading, Literacy, and Language3
Field of Study Requirements Total18
Requirements for the Major
Minimum grade of C is required
History Coursework:
HIST 1000History Convocation (five semesters)0
HIST 3105History of Georgia3
HIST 3125Historical Methods3
HIST 4795Senior Research Seminar3
Select one 3000-level U.S. History course3
Select one 3000-level European history course3
Select one 3000-level non-Western world history course3
Select three 5000-level history courses, including one U.S. History course and either one European history or one non-Western world history course9
Geography and Political Science Coursework:
Select one GEOG 3000 (or above) or one POLS 3000 (or above)3
Education Coursework:
EDUC 2120Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings3
EDUC 2130Exploring Learning and Teaching3
SPED 2256Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education (Students must earn a grade of B or better in order to be certified to teach in the state of Georgia.)3
Teacher Certification:
EDSE 4205Teaching the Diverse Learner in the Social Studies Classroom3
EDSE 4245Teaching Social Studies in Grades 6-126
Student Teaching Experience:
EDCI 4485Student Teaching10
EDUF 4115Classroom Management2
Requirements for the Major Total60
Total Credit Hours123

Program Map

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I (minimum grade of C) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (or higher)  
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (or higher)  
Elementary Statistics (preferred)  
Area B1COMM 1110 Public Speaking or foreign language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 1 3
HIST 1111 World History to 1500 3
EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (minimum grade of C) 3
HIST 1000 History Convocation 0
Area B2 ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) 2
 Credit Hours17
ENGL 1102 English Composition II (minimum grade of C) 3
Foreign Language 1002 3
HIST 1112 World History since 1500 3
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (minimum grade of C) 3
Area C Fine Arts. Select one of the following: 3
Art Appreciation  
Comparative Arts  
Music Appreciation  
Theatre Appreciation  
HIST 1000 History Convocation 0
Area WPEDS course 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
AREA FForeign Language 2001 (minimum grade of C) 3
HIST 2111 U. S. History to 1865 3
HIST 3105 History of Georgia (minimum grade of C) 3
POLS 1101 American Government 3
AREA GHIST 3000-level (US history) (minimum grade of C) 3
HIST 1000 History Convocation 0
EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Contexts on Diversity in Educational Settings (minimum grade of C) 3
 Credit Hours18
HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865 3
AREA DScience/Tech/Math Preferred course is GEOG 2215 Introduction to GIS 3
HIST 3125 Historical Methods (minimum grade of C) 3
GEOG 1101 World Regional Geography (or other Area E World Culture course) 3
SPED 2256 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education (minimum grade of C; see note below) 3
There is a recent rule change for certification from the GaPSC. As of July 1, 2019, students must make a B or higher in the Exceptional Children's course. The course could be any of the following depending on your major: SPED 2256, EDCI 6228, KINS 4245, SPED 4115, PHED 6219 This rule change will not affect your graduation but you cannot become a certified educator with the state of Georgia until you receive the grade of B or higher in this course.
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
AREA DScience w/ Lab 4
KINS 1106
Lifetime Wellness
or Concepts of Fitness
AREA GHIST 3000-level (European) (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA GGEOG 3000-level or above (minimum grade of C) or POLS 3000-level or above (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA GHIST 5000-level (US) (minimum grade of C) 3
HIST 1000 History Convocation 0
 Credit Hours15
Area EBehavioral Science. Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Moral Philosophy  
Introduction to General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
AREA GHIST 5000-level (Non-Western or European) (minimum grade of C) 3
Area CHumanities. Select one of the following: 3
World Literature I  
World Literature II  
Comparative Arts  
The Western Intellectual Tradition  
Introduction to Digital Humanities  
Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics  
Introduction to Philosophy  
AREA GHIST 3000-level (Non-Western) (minimum grade of C) 3
HIST 1000 History Convocation 0
EDSE 4205 Teaching the Diverse Learner in the Social Studies Classroom (minimum grade of C) 2 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
AREA GHIST 5000-level (US, Non-Western, or European) (minimum grade of C) 3
EDSE 4245 Teaching Social Studies in Grades 6-12 (minimum grade of C) 6
HIST 4795 Senior Research Seminar (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA DScience Non-Lab 3
 Credit Hours15
EDCI 4485 Student Teaching 2 10
EDUF 4115 Classroom Management (minimum grade of C) 2 2
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours123

If starting a new language or needing a review, choose the foreign language option.


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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Teacher Education Program.  During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Admission to Teacher Education is completed through TK20.  For further information please go to https://cqtl.columbusstate.edu/teacher-education.php.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is based on the following:

  • Completion of EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (or approved equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of 45 earned semester hours in the core with an overall GPA of 2.50 or better on all transcripts and a CSU GPA of 2.50 or better
  • Completion of nine earned semester hours at Columbus State University with a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5 (required of all transfer students)
  • Satisfactory performance on the GACE Program Admission test or an exemption based upon satisfactory scores on the SAT (1000 combined score), ACT (43 combined score), or GRE (1030 combined score)
  • Good academic standing during the semester in which admission is requested
  • Completion of FBI background check with fingerprints indicating no criminal record or discharge from the armed services that could prevent recommendation for teacher certification
  • Completion of the Program Entry level (350) of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
  • Health and PE majors only: Certificate of successful completion of the Health Fitness Test
  • Have not been withdrawn, removed from or denied admission to a teacher education program or student teaching at CSU or another institution.
  • Failure to disclose information and/or submission of false information may result in immediate dismissal from the College of Education and Health Professions Teacher Education Program.

Additional admissions criteria may be applied at the departmental level. Admission decisions are appealable to the College of Education and Health Professions Undergraduate Council.

Additional Program Requirements

To be eligible for CSU's recommendation for a Georgia professional teaching certificate, students must complete a rigorous program of coursework. They also must meet certain other criteria required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Please contact the COEHP Student Advising & Field Experiences office at 706-568-2191 or 706-568-2194 for further information.