History Department

Double BA - History & Social Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP)

The double major in History and in Social Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP) is ideal for students considering a teaching career. Middle and high school social science teachers typically teach survey courses in both United States and World History. Future social science teachers would therefore benefit from acquiring the in-depth historical content knowledge and historical thinking skills of a History BA. But social science teachers at the secondary level must often teach economics, government, geography, or ethnic studies as well. Students who double major in History and SSTP will therefore benefit from the breadth of courses in the SSTP program and its emphasis on the practical elements of teaching, including how to engage students in the classroom and how to create and maintain effective learning environments. Both majors can be completed in four years and will provide subject matter preparation for a single subject teaching credential program.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements38
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Majors76
Lower Division Major Requirements15
HIST 001A. World History to 15003
HIST 001B. World History from 15003
HIST 099. History Fundamentals3
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies Sequence
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
US History Sequence
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
American People Sequence
HIST 020A. History of the American PeopleUS13
HIST 020B. History of the American PeopleUS13
Mexican American Studies Sequence
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government D2+US13
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government D2+US13
Upper Division Requirements- History34
*Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 188 and/or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 153 or HIST 155 will complete the History major with 32 or 33 upper-division units.
HIST 100W. History Writers' WorkshopZ3
SOCS 195. Social Science Teacher Preparation3
Field of Study Courses28
HIST 189A. California History to 1900US34
HIST 189B. California History Since 1900US34
Upper-division History courses are divided into 4 fields of study: Ancient & Medieval, Modern Europe, United States, and World. 28 units of upper-division courses must include 2 from one field, 2 courses from a second field, 1 course from a third field, and 2 from any field for a total of 7 courses. Among those 7 courses, double-major students must select HIST 189A, HIST 189B, at least 2 Advanced Topics, and at least 2 pre-1750 courses. Consult History advisor for details.
Upper Division Requirements- SSTP27
**These 9 courses are separate and distinct from the History BA requirements.
GEOG 137. California History for Teachers3
GEOG 139. World History for TeachersV3
ECON 109. Analysis of Economic Issues for Teachers3
MAS 185. Teaching in a Diverse Society3
POLS 101. American Government for Teachers3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
SOCS 138. US History for TeachersS3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
WOMS 187. Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Education in the U.S.3
University Electives6

Total Units:120