Share your passion for history with future generations by teaching it.
After you finish our program, you will be ready to teach history and other social sciences at the high school level, including AP courses. You will have had real teaching experiences: observations, micro-teaching and finishing it off with a semester of student teaching. You’ll learn more about the topics you’ve always loved – and how to teach them.
This program offers an Accelerated Master's Degree (AMD) sequence. This option gives high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with only one year of additional study. Once enrolled in the major, you can contact your advisor to learn more.
Why Study History-Social Sciences Teacher Education?
Our education program produces the most history social-sciences teachers in the state of Illinois. Professors have extensive teaching experience and use their knowledge to prepare the next generation of history teachers. At Illinois State, you will have the opportunity to learn from a great faculty with plenty of real-world experience.
- Strong communication skills
- Good analytical skills
- Good decision making skills
- Able to explain ideas
- Strong research skills
- Able to write and present ideas clearly
- Develop patience, persistence, and drive in obtaining history related positions.
Being Successful in the Field
- An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for graduate study in history as well as other areas such as psychology, law, or business.
- Research the prerequisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
- Research Web sites and books that address various job opportunities, pay structure, and hiring processes.
- Part-time, summer, internship, and volunteer experiences are critical.
- Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
- For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
For careers in arts and humanities, obtain a broad liberal arts background including knowledge of the arts, personal and mass communication, and foreign languages.
- Develop skills by obtaining a leadership role in a school or community organization.
- Get involved in student government.
- Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers.
- Join related social and/or professional organizations.
- Develop a network of both formal and informal contacts.
- Teaching: High School, Higher Education
- Community Education
- Corporate Training
- Public and private schools
- Colleges and universities
- Zoological parks, aquariums, wildlife refuges, and bird sanctuaries
- Arboretums, gardens, and conservatories
- National and state parks
- Federal agencies including: The Smithsonian Institute, National Archives and Records, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Intelligence services, Foreign service
- State and local agencies including: Archives and libraries, museums, parks, and historic sites, municipal archives, arts and humanities councils
- Elected or appointed public officials (i.e., legislators, governors, mayors, judges)
- National political party headquarters
- Public interest/advocacy groups
- Political campaigns
- Lobbying firms
- Law firms
- Corporate legal departments
- Government agencies
- Public advocacy groups
- Corporations: marketing, risk assessment, research, public relations
- History museums and historic sites
- Historical associations and societies
- Cultural heritage organizations
- Historical projects
- Research and service institutions
Curatorial and Archival Management
- Historical homes
- Art galleries
- Special collections
- Historical societies
- Universities and colleges
- National, state, and local government
- Non-profit organizations
- Research institutes
- News departments of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations
- Syndicated radio services
- National, state, and regional radio networks
For more information about careers in the field of history, please visit Career Services and the American Historical Association.
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Applying to Illinois State
Applying by our priority deadline is encouraged for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. Start your application today!
Middle 50% GPA
3.04 - 3.64
Students with fewer than 60 earned hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.
Completion of at least three of the following courses with at least 3.0 GPA in those courses: (for students with 60 or more earned credit hours)
- Western Civilization (HIS 101)
- Modern Western Civilization (HIS 102)
- History of the US to 1865 (HIS 135)
- History of the US since 1865 (HIS 136)
To find the course equivalencies at an Illinois community college, please review our Course Articulation Guides.
- Citizens & government (POL 101) or US Government & Civic Practices (POL 106)
- World or Human Geography (GEO 135 or 142)
- Economics-Macro or Micro (ECO 101 or 102)
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110 or 111)
- Educational Psychology (PSY 215)
- Cultures of the World (ANT 185)
- Introduction to Sociology (SOC 106) or Contemporary Social Problems in Global Perspective (SOC 108)
- Non-Western History (HIST 104)
Middle 50% GPA
3.04 - 3.64
Applications are always available.
Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.
If 60 or more earned hours: 3.00 GPA in HIS 101, 102, 135, and 136