B.A. in History/Secondary Education

History/Social Studies Education

In Arkansas, individuals who want to teach history must complete a teaching license in social studies, grades 7-12, with a possible add-on licensure for grades 4-6.

Our department offers an excellent program for the preparation of social studies educators.  Our alumni teach throughout Arkansas, go on to graduate school in history, public history, and education, and work in local museums as educators.  In the history-social studies education program, students gain experience in research, writing, and discussion in history, geography, political science, economics, and behavioral sciences, as well as practical teaching experience through 4 field placements in local schools. This program is available in a face-to-face + online format as well as in a fully online format.

Our program has a 100% placement rate in K-12 schools for all History/Secondary Ed students who wish to teach full time, and our History Department graduates earn the highest starting salary of any History BA graduates in the state of Arkansas.

This program requires that students take a major in History/Social Studies and a minor in Education.


Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann
Professor of History


Program of Study


Core Curriculum 
RHET 1311
RHET 1312
ACOM 1300
MATH 1321 or 1302
Science (8 hours, choose 2 classes from the following: ANTH 1415, ASTR 1301/1101, BIOL 1400, ERSC 1304/1104, ERSC 1303/1103) (ERSC 1304/1104 and ANTH 1415 recommended)
Humanities (3 hours, choose from the following: ENGL 2337, 2339, PHIL 2320, PHIL 2321, RELS 2305 )
Fine Arts (3 hours, choose from the following: ARHA 2305, 2306, MCOM 2306, MUHL 2305, THEA 2305
HIST 1311 or HIST 1312
POLS 1310, HIST 2311 or HIST 2312
Social Sciences: (6 hours, choose from the following: ANTH 2316, CRJU 2300, ECON 2301, ECON 2322, GEOG 2312, GNST 2300, POLS 2301, PSYC 2300, SOCI 2300)
Foreign Language (0-9 hours, 2000-level proficiency required, SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311 recommended)

Major in History/Social Studies 

World Civilization (History 1311 and 1312)
U.S History (History 2311 and 2312)
U.S. History electives – 6 hours
World History electives – 6 hours
Arkansas History (History 4355) 3 hours
Internship in History (HIST 4395) 3 hours
Social Studies Teaching Applications (HIST 4397) 3 hours + Teaching Applications Practicum (HIST 4197) 1 hour
HIST 4309 – Historian’s Craft

6 hours geography (GEOG 2312 or 2310 recommended, plus one upper level elective)
6 hours political science (POLS 1310, 2303)
3-6 hours economics (ECON 2301 or ECON 2322 AND ECON 2323)
PSYC 2300
SOCI 2300

Minor in Education (18 hours)
2.75 GPA, completion of 60 hours, C or better in Composition, Speech, and Math required for admittance to minor
TCED 4383 
TCED 4321, education elective (SPED 4301 or MCED 4310) recommended senior year)
2.75 GPA, passing score on Praxis II Social Studies Content & Interpretation – test code 5086 – required for admittance to student teaching internship
HIST 4600, TCED 4330 – final semester

Required Examinations:

ACT subscores of 19 or higher in reading and math, 6 or higher in writing. Students without these subscores must pass Accuplacer NextGen test (available to take at UA Little Rock Testing Services) and earn equivalent scores.

Praxis II Exam (Content Area)
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation – test code 5086 – must pass prior to student teaching block

Add-on Coaching Endorsement
21 hours of additional coursework in health/human performance science (HHPS) may be taken to obtain a coaching endorsement.  Contact Dr. Chad Sanders, cxsanders@ualr.edu, for more information.