Sep 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History (B.A., B.S.)

36 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

Departmental Electives (15-21 hours)

A minimum of 6 hours of American history and a minimum of 6 hours of non-American history must be included.

History B.A. or B.S. with Secondary School Certification

A secondary school teaching degree may be acquired through the Department of History (B.A. or B.S.) or through the School of Education (B.S. Ed.).  Students who wish to obtain certification to teach secondary school must also complete coursework and testing in the School of Education. Please contact the History Department or the School of Education for further information.

History Double Major (30 Hours)

See History Double Major  for program requirements.

Secondary Education-History Education specialization (B.S.Ed.)

See Secondary Education-History Education specialization (B.S.Ed.)  for requirements.


Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate that they can formulate a research question or thesis statement in writing a research paper. AHATP 18.
  2. Students will demonstrate that they can conduct a bibliographic search for their research paper using library resources and online databases. AHATP 11, 14
  3. Students will demonstrate a critical approach to reading, interpreting and using primary sources in writing research papers. AHATP 17, 18
  4. Students will demonstrate historical objectivity and an awareness of context In writing a research paper. AHATP 6, 7, 9
  5. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  6. Students will be able to systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgements, and break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  7. Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
  8. Students will recognize when there is a need for information and identify, locate, evaluate and effectively and responsibly use and convey that information to address the need or problem at hand.
  9. Students will intentionally engage with diversity in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to participation in educational and community programs for all members of society.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization