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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of History



History and Social Sciences Teacher Certification

General Education and Core Social Sciences Requirements


Regardless of major, all students seeking secondary teacher certification in History and the Social Sciences at Iowa State must complete the following courses:

General Education

History & Social Sciences Core
  • History 201:  Introduction to Western Civilization I (3 cr.)
  • History 202:  Introduction to Western Civilization II or History 207:  Chinese Civilization (3 cr.)
  • History 221:  Survey of United States History I (3 cr.)
  • History 222:  Survey of United States History II (3 cr.)
  • Political Science 215:  Introduction to American Government (3 cr.)
  • One course in World Politics.  Choose from:  POL S 241, 251, 340, 341, 342, 343, 346, 349, 350, 356, 422, 430, 431, 440, 451, or 452 (3 cr.)
  • One course in World Cultures. Choose from: CHIN 272, 375, RELIG 205, 352, 355, 356, or 358 (3 cr.)

In addition, students pursuing teacher certification must:
  • Earn a grade of B- or above in all History/Social Sciences content courses
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 grade point average in content courses
  • Complete all professional and content requirements
  • Complete a degree in either History or Political Science

Transfer Students, see:  Transfer Equivalency Guide

History content
Political Science Content
Curriculum and Instruction Requirements

Four-year plans


Questions?  Contact:  Dr. Jeff Bremer