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1. “Nap now or forever hold your peace.” –Kelly Sykes, Class of 2014

2. Like the Facebook page for JMU Future Social Studies Educators and get involved.

3. Realize that you will be in debt until you’re forty. Make peace with this early.

4. Get used to acronyms. FYI, acronyms will become part of your daily vocabulary.

5. Keep a list of fun and weird ideas for your classroom. This may make you a nerd, but your life will be so much easier later.

6. “Invest in dining dollars for coffee.” – Taylor Irish, Class of 2013

7. Your classmates are your new BFFs; you’ll never get through it alone.

8. One bad grade won’t ruin your life. Get over yourself.

9. Planners only cost $10 at Target but at least you save your sanity.

10. Club Carrier is not an actual dance club… but Carrier Library does stay open until 2 A.M.

It may seem overwhelming to look at the requirements, but just do this:

You will take history, social sciences, secondary education, and your general education classes throughout your undergraduate career. By the end of your time here at James Madison, you will have earned a BA in history, a master’s in secondary education and your Virginia state teaching licensure.

Freshman & sophomore years:

  •       Declare a History major… and a minor in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences…
          and a second minor in secondary education (SEED)
  •       Apply to the College of Education
  •       Take the Praxis I exam
  •       Complete 20 hours of Youth Mentoring experience (MSSE 101 fulfills this requirement)

Junior and senior years:

  •        Take first block of co-requisite courses: EDUC 310, MSSE 370, MSSE 371
  •        Take the VCLA- Virginia Communications and Literary Assessment exam
  •        Take second block of co-requisite courses: HIST 457 (History capstone), MSSE 470, MSSE 471, READ 440
  •       Take Praxis II – Subject Assessment exam

Fifth-year master’s:

  •      Summer coursework
  •      Fall coursework & in-classroom practicum
  •      Spring – student teaching

Contact Information:


Dr. David Dillard, ISS Coordinator and Advisor
Department of History
Jackson Hall, Room 219, MSC 2001
Phone: 540-568-3757
BA and MA, American History from the University of Georgia
Doctorate at Rice University


Dr. Alison Sandman, ISS Advisor
Department of History
Jackson Hall, Room 212, MSC 2001
Phone: 540-568-6182
Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. from Harvard University.

Useful Links:

History major requirements

ISS minor requirements