Brian Caton (department head)
Required for a major:
Plan I (nonteaching). The major normally consists of 8 courses (32 hours, excluding senior project) of history, including at least one course in U.S. history, one course in European history, and one course in non-western history. Each student must complete two courses at the 300 level, a writing intensive course (HIST 485: Jr/Sr seminar), and senior project. Double majors may elect to complete their senior project in another discipline. Students select remaining history courses based on their interests with the approval of and consultation with history faculty.
Plan II (teaching in U.S. and/or world history). Same as Plan I requirements. Students planning to teach in secondary education must also complete at least one certification area (U.S. history, world history, or both) for teaching history in the state of Iowa; a minimum of four courses in U.S. history (for certification in U.S. history) and/or four courses in world history (for certification in world history). See education department for secondary education minor requirements.
Required for the history minor: The minor normally consists of 5 courses. Students must have at least one course in U.S. history, one course in European history and one course in non-western history. One of the 5 courses must be at the 300-level or above. Students select other history courses based on their interests with the approval of and consultation with the history faculty.
Required for a second teaching area in history, grades 5-12: See education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.