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BA in History - Pre-Credential Concentration

For those students who want to go on and become Social Science Single Subject Matter teachers, we offer the Pre-Credential concentration.  The goal of this concentration is to ensure that students are well prepared to teach history and social sciences in the K-12 classroom. 


Requirements for BA in History, Pre-Credential Concentration

Students need to take 18 units of core courses, along with 15 units chosen from five of the seven areas (Ancient, African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern and United States history).  

Students need to also take an additional 21 units of specified content courses, which includes specific History, Geography, and Economics courses in order to fulfill the requirements.  


For information on specific degree requirements please visit Bachelor of Arts in History Bulletin.  


CSET Waiver

Before students advance to the student teaching phase of a post-baccalaureate teaching credential program in social science, students must demonstrate competency in the subject matter for which history/social science teachers in grades 7 through 12 are responsible. There are two approved methods for demonstrating subject matter competency before the California Teacher Credentialing Commission (CTC). Students must pass the CSET exam in social science, or they must earn a subject matter waiver by completing a CTC-approved curriculum program, like our Pre-credential concentration. (Please note that the CSET is not the same examination as the CBEST.)

In order to obtain the CSET-waiver, students must complete all the requirements for the BA in History, Pre-Credential Concentration and take HIST 5700 - Teaching History in the Field.  Students must meet competency requirements before they can sign up for HIST 5700 (2.85 GPA as well as C or better in all required program courses and ideally completed HIST 3010 and be close to graduation.   If you would like to sign up for the course, please email to obtain permission to enroll in the course.

For further information about the CSET-waiver or CSET requirements, please email Prof. Michelle Lorimer:


The Program Learning Outcomes are: 

PLO 1 – Demonstrate key historical literacy, including knowledge of key events and how change occurs over time in broad geographical and temporal areas

PLO 2 – Demonstrating research skills, including critical thinking and reading abilities, assessment and writing skills  

PLO 3 – Demonstrating communication skills, showing ability to organize and express their thoughts coherently