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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Eileen V. Wallis, Chair

Pablo Arreola
Mahmood Ibrahim
Daniel K. Lewis
Robert Lewis
John P. Lloyd
Georgia Mickey
Amanda Podany
Tara Sethia
Michael Slaughter
Rachel Van
Zuoyue Wang
Elise K. Wirtschafter
Anne Wohlcke

The History Department offers a major in history leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as basic courses in General Education. The History Department also offers a minor in history and a minor in Latin American Studies. Courses are designed to encourage students to seek out relationships between the past and contemporary social, political, and cultural issues, and to provide historical perspective on topics studied in other departments of the university.

Students have a choice of a history major without subplan and a History major with a Pre-Credential subplan. The History major without subplan offers a flexible curriculum and a maximum choice of general education courses and electives. It provides a foundation for those seeking pre-professional training in law, business, civil service, and graduate work leading to a master’s degree or doctorate.

The History major with a Pre-Credential subplan is especially suited for students wishing to teach history in middle or high schools. Approved by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing, it provides a major in history combined with a pre-credential social science emphasis. Completion of this subplan successfully meets the state subject matter requirement for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in social science. Students may also meet this requirement by passing an examination adopted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Please note that subject matter preparation programs for credentialing prospective teachers should not be confused with undergraduate degree programs of colleges and universities. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing sets standards for academic programs that lead to the issuance of credentials. Although an applicant for a teaching credential must have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution, the degree program does not necessarily fulfill the Commission’s standards for the subject matter preparation of teachers. Completing a subject matter program that satisfies the standards enables a candidate to qualify for a fifth-year credential program. Only the History major with Pre-Credential subplan satisfies the standards. It specifies in detail the courses that have been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The History major without subplan is designed for students who have career goals other than teaching at the high school level.

Students qualifying for Single Subject Credentials in other fields (i.e., English, Mathematics, etc.) may obtain a supplemental authorization to teach history or social studies up to the ninth grade by completing the requirements which have been established for such additional authorizations. For further information, see Professor Michael Slaughter in the History Department.

The department also offers a curriculum which leads to a Master of Arts degree in History. A description of this program can be found in the “Graduate Studies” section of the catalog.

Students majoring in history have the opportunity of joining the Cal Poly Pomona History Club and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society in History.

Please note: All new majors should contact the department office or check the department webpage to learn the name of their advisor. Continuing students should see their assigned faculty advisor one or more times per year.




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