History Education

Why study history education at NDSU?

The NDSU Teacher Education program is an NCATE accredited program.  Teacher candidates are prepared for licensure in North Dakota as well as other states.

The Bachelor of Science in Education program is fully-accredited.  With a reputation for excellence, this interdisciplinary program paves the way for student success in the classroom by providing practical strategies for teaching and a broad foundation in the social sciences.  Successful completion of this program allows graduates to teach history, economics, geography, government, social studies, sociology and psychology at the high school level.  NDSU’s Bachelor of Science in Education is the largest program in the state.  Through practicum and student teaching opportunities, students receive firsthand experience in curriculum development, classroom management, and teaching methods.  Teaching methods courses are taught by area teachers, allowing students to learn directly from excellent educators and to stay up-to-date on trends in the discipline.

Most Bachelor of Science in Education: History majors become high school teachers, but a degree in history education provides the necessary skills and abilities for a variety of careers beyond secondary education.  Drawing on the principles of a liberal arts education, students will develop useful skills, including critical thinking, analysis and research skills. Upon receiving a degree in history education, students may pursue careers in many fields.  Potential careers for historians include, but are not limited to:

Historians as Educators

Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Postsecondary Education
Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Researchers

Historical Organizations
Cultural Resources Management
Historic Preservation
Think Tanks

Historians As Communicators

Writers and Editors
Documentary Editors
Producers of Multimedia Material

Historians As Information Managers

Records Managers
Information Managers

Historians As Advocates

Lawyers and Paralegals
Litigation Support
Legislative Staff Work

Historians in Businesses and Associations

State Government Historians
Federal Government Historians
Historians in Corporations
Contract Historians
Historians in Nonprofit Associations

The website of the American Historical Association has more information on these careers and others, which can be found at:  http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm.

Should you decide to continue your education in a graduate program, your career options and earning potential will increase. To assist with this goal, you should work to produce solid undergraduate work and earn good faculty recommendations to help you move on to the next step. While a graduate degree in history is a natural fit with an undergraduate degree in the subject, many of NDSU’s History graduates go in to graduate school in related fields such as law, public history, library science, and education. 

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the NDSU Career Center educates and provides career resources to NDSU students and alumni and encourages partnerships to help connect them with employers. The Career Center is located at 306 Ceres Hall and can be reached by phone at (701)231-7111.

What can I do with this major?

Click here for Teacher Education Program Description

Click here for History Education Curriculum Guide

Click here for Social Science Education Curriculum Guide

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