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History Specialization Component for M.A.E. in Middle Grades or Secondary Education

The Specialization Component for the MAE in Secondary Education requires 18 hours; the Middle Grades Specialization Component requires 14-21. The Specialization allows students considerable flexibility in choosing their course work. The courses in this area will be selected by the candidate based on individual needs, content areas and/or areas of professional growth. The following pre-approved courses are available in an online or independent learning delivery format:


 Tudor-Stuart England

A study of the principal political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments in British history from the beginning of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 to the end of the Stuart dynasty in 1714.

HIST 502

 US History for Secondary Teachers

Emphasis on bibliography, documents, historical interpretations and materials for secondary teachers of history.

HIST 526

Social and Intellectual 20th Century US History

A study of twentieth century American thought and its relation to our social, economic, and political institutions.

HIST 531

 A Cultural History of Alcohol

An examination of the role that alcohol plays in historical development among various world cultures over time. Instructor may choose to focus on a specific region and/or time period.

HIST 535


A survey of historical writing from ancient times to the present, with emphasis on European and American historians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HIST 544

Gilded Age America

A study of American history and culture from the end of Reconstruction to the early twentieth century,
emphasizing social, political, cultural, and regional development.

HIST 553

American Women's History

Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.

HIST 563

The Atlantic World

A study of the areas touched by the Atlantic Ocean in the period from the 1300's through the early 1900's, focusing on the intersections of African, Native American, and European cultures.

HIST 606

Seminar in European History

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and Nazi Germany. May be repeated once with a different topic.

HIST 622

Seminar in American Borderlands

A study of American borderlands and/or the regional West with a concentration on social, cultural, and political developments. May be repeated once with a different topic.

HIST 630

Seminar in US History

Graduate seminar in such diverse areas as Colonial America, the Federalist era, the Slavery Controversy, the U.S. since 1945. May be repeated once with a different topic.

*Other courses may be selected with permission of advisor, teacher certification officer and the Graduate School & Research.

Students may also elect to take advisor approved coursesfrom the following areas: Elementary Education, Social Studies (History, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology), Biology, Mathematics, Physical Education. For additional information on online course availability within these areas, students will need to refer to the Schedule of Classes or contact the department where the course originates.

Students may also incorporate course work from any of the following online endorsements for specialization electives:  Gifted and Talented Teaching Endorsement, Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement, or other approved endorsements.

For additional information:

Program Contact: Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh
Phone: (270) 745-4497
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 Last Modified 2/19/18