Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science Education

   The History Department's Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science Education (HSSE) is designed to emphasize those courses in its curriculum that will be of most use to a teacher of social studies.  

   The American Historial Association and other organizations have drawn recent attention to the critical importance of attracting talented undergraduates into high school and middle school teaching.  It is an occupation particularlyl suited to those who want their future profession to present an intellectual challenge and an opportunity to make a difference in society.

   All of the courses are drawn from the regular curriculum in history, economics, and political science, providing a major which will prepare students for a profession in teaching while obtaining a strong liberal arts background.  The required capstone seminar has been created specifically for the major and focuses on the requisite skills for teaching in a secondary school environment.

  The HSSE major does not provide a waiver of single subject tests, though it will make it much easier when students do take them. 



Core Courses:

History 201: Approaches to History
History 349: Colonial North America 1600-1760
History 240g The History of California
History 360: 19th Century U.S. History
History 361: 20th Century U.S. History
History 440: Early Modern World History
History 441: Modern World History
Economics 203: Principles of Microeconomics
Economics 205: Principles of Macroeconomics

One of the Following:

History 101: The Ancient World
History 102: Medieval Civilization
History 103: The Emergence of Modern Europe
History 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization
History 275: The Worlds of the Silk Road
History 335: History of Japan to 1550
History 338: China to 960 A.D.
History 339: China, 960 to 1800

One of the Following:

History 104: Europe & Its Influence Since 1750: From the Rise of Democracy to the Age of Extremes
History 280: The Modern Middle East
History 333: Korea: The Modern Transformation
History 336: History of Japan, 1550 to 1945
History 340: History of China Since 1800


One of the Following:

History 272: Native History and Historians: Mexico and Peru to 1615
History 370: Spanish America, 1492-1821
History 372: Modern Latin America

One of the Following:

Political Science 100: Theory and Practice of American Democracy
Political Science 300: Principles, Institutions, and Great Issues of American Democracy
Political Science 340: Constitutional Law

Capstone Seminar:

History 488: Teaching History in the Secondary Schools


For more information on the program, contact

Professor Lon Kurashige, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Melissa Borek, Student Advisor

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034