Bachelor of Arts in History, Secondary Education Minor


History is the study of mankind’s memory—the analysis of the change over time. Students who major in history will develop research and synthesis skills, and learn to answer questions through exploration of the past.

Students majoring in history are required to complete two semesters of foreign language study.

At a Glance

  • Emphasizes skills in analytical thinking, evaluating evidence-based problem solving, writing, and research.
  • Faculty published and respected in a variety of fields: military history, great generals of Civil War, great film directors, Irish immigration, and more.
  • Faculty members develop mentor relationships with students.
  • Broad-based understanding of significant historical periods.


The Bachelor of Art major in History combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school history teacher. Students who aspire to teach middle school or high school history also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor with regular observations in history classrooms in area middle schools or high schools during their sophomore and junior years and then successful completion of a semester of senior student teaching.

This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

Students earn a full bachelor’s degree in History. The Secondary Education Minor courses are as follows:

Freshman Year: Foundations of Education
Sophomore Year: Curriculum Design Practicum – Secondary Education
Junior Year: Educational Psychology, Exceptionality, and Teaching Methods in the Secondary School
Senior Year: Student Teaching and Measurement & Evaluation


Mark Hibben
Mark HibbenAssociate Professor, Political Science
PhD, Syracuse University
MA, Syracuse University
MA, University of Birmingham, U.K.
BS, University of Maine
Michael C. Connolly
Michael C. ConnollyProfessor, History
PhD, Boston College
MA, National University of Ireland
BA, Florida Southern College
Patricia Waters
Patricia WatersAssistant Professor, Education
PhD, University of Rochester
MS, Pace University
BA, University of Rochester