A. The Standard Track
The standard track is the basic track of the major. It will give you the skills of research, critical thinking, and writing. It will guarantee that you have some breadth of historical knowledge. And it will allow you to choose a number of elective courses in content areas of particular interest to you.
B. The Graduate School Track
The Graduate School Track requires that, in addition to the requirements of the Standard Track, you also acquire proficiency in a foreign language. Such proficiency is a desireable and often necessary component for advanced study in history and many other fields.
C. The “Education Track”
If you want to teach history in the public high schools, you need to prepare yourself both in the subject area of history (and social science) and you need to get a teaching credential. Typically, the credential is done in a separate “fifth year program” after a student has completed a B.A. Here at Westmont, if students plan carefully, they can complete both the subject preparation and the credential within a four year program. If you are interested in doing this, it is a good idea to contact the education department during your first year at the college.
This track is designed to prepare for the exam. In order to do this, you need to major in history or another social science and take the state-sponsored standardized examinations that allow you to verify your competence in the subject area (the Education Department has information on these examinations).
D. The International Studies Track
The International Studies Track is designed for students who enjoy history, but who want to combine their love of history with their love of other cultures. The program requires the study of a foreign language and a semester of study abroad. At present, Westmont offers international studies emphases in Latin America, in Spain, and in France. This major lends itself to a double major with either French or Spanish.