Bachelor of Arts in History, Secondary Education Minor

  • Overview

    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.

  • Curriculum

    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

    • Michael C. Connolly

      Professor of History

      PhD, Boston College
      MA, National University of Ireland
      BA, Florida Southern College

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    • Michelle Laughran

      Associate Professor of History

      PhD, University of Connecticut
      MA, University of Connecticut
      BA, College of William & Mary

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    • Thomas Hancock

      Assistant Professor of Education

      EdD, Nova Southeastern University
      MS, New Hampshire College
      BS, Husson College

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    Michael C. Connolly

    Professor of History

    PhD, Boston College
    MA, National University of Ireland
    BA, Florida Southern College

    Learn more about Michael

    Michelle Laughran

    Associate Professor of History

    PhD, University of Connecticut
    MA, University of Connecticut
    BA, College of William & Mary

    Learn more about Michelle

    Thomas Hancock

    Assistant Professor of Education

    EdD, Nova Southeastern University
    MS, New Hampshire College
    BS, Husson College

    Learn more about Tom