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 desirable and often necessary component for advanced study in history and many other fields.
C. The International Studies Track
The International studies track combines a regional specialty with historical context. It has three primary features: first, an inter-disciplinary component so students can craft a major that reflects their personal interests; second, a language component that reflects the historian's desire to see the world through the eyes of others; and third, an integrated study abroad experience.
D. 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).
Secondary Education Teacher Track
Secondary Education Teacher Track: 52 units
Required Lower-Division Courses: 28 units
HIS 001 Foundations of History (4)
HIS 007 United States to 1877 (4)
HIS 008 United States 1877-Present (4)
HIS 009 World Civilizations to 1750 (4)
POL 010 American Government (4)
EB 011 Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
EB 012 Principles of Microeconomics (4)
Required Upper-Division Courses: 24 units
One of the following: (4)
HIS 178 California Experience (4)
HIS 179 California History and Literature (4)
One of the following: (4)
HIS 171 Colonial and Revolutionary America (4)
HIS 173 Civil War and Reconstruction America (4)
HIS 175 Recent America (4)
HIS 198 Senior Research Seminar (4)
One upper-division course in European history (4)
One upper-division course in Non-Western history (4)
One upper-division elective in history (4)
ENG 106 Language Acquisition (4)
ED 105 Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Education (4)
ED 130 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
ED 161 Computers for the Classroom Teacher: Secondary (2)
KNS 156 Health Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
Additional course work in American politics, international politics, the American
economy, and the global economy.
For more information go to the Considering Teaching High School page.