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The study of history helps us gain a broad understanding of what happened in the past and what it can teach us. The discipline encompasses past and present civilizations and studies aspects of their political, social, economic, and intellectual development. It’s an important subject to be taught in school. As the study of what has happened, history can open you up to a deeper understanding of things such as politics, religion, economics, and general culture trends. With a degree in history education from Wayne State, you’ll be ready to teach history in a school setting for grades 7-12. 

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the history subject endorsement, you will also need to select a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For endorsement: 42
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Geography Education (7-12), Political Science Education (7-12), Sociology Education (7-12), Social Sciences Education (7-12), Spanish Education (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


Departments: History, Politics, and Geography, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

History Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree to teach history.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • World cultures and civilizations
  • American history, cultural groups, and government
  • Events and history of the 20th century
  • Ancient Greek and Roman history
  • Renaissance and medieval European history
  • Southeast Asian and Indian history
  • History of American Indian civilizations
  • Geography and history of Nebraska
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Classroom management
  • History curriculum development
  • Cultural and global awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research and writing techniques
  • Oral and written communication
  • Time management 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Middle school history teacher
  • High school history teacher
  • College history teacher
  • History tutor
  • Public historian
  • Archaeologist
  • Research specialist
  • Preservation specialist
  • Historic records manager
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Tour guide
  • Librarian
  • Park ranger
  • Documentary editor
  • Writer / author

Employers

Employers

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Education and learning centers
  • Museums and galleries
  • Historical societies
  • Conservation societies
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • National parks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Libraries
  • Law firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Businesses and organizations

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Student Activities for History, Geography and Political Science Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity and opportunity through Multicultural Affairs and events like Constitution Day and the Voter Registration Drive.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach history, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced history teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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