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Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS)

A History major is excellent preparation for middle and high school teaching. Maybe it was a high school history teacher who turned you on to the study of history in the beginning. Now you can prepare to pass on the favor.

The History Department works with the School of Education to coordinate the major and two minors you will declare.

You will study as much History as any major, a selection of other social sciences, and special courses in how to teach the social sciences as more than just a collection of facts.

You'll also observe middle and high school classrooms and be a student teacher.

And to start down this path, you will:

Declare a History major
... and a minor in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
... and a second minor in secondary education (SEED).

A fifth-year Master of Arts in Teaching completes your work for Virginia teaching certification.

The History ISS Checksheet for History majors spells it out.

And here's how to gain admission to JMU's teacher education program.

Drs. Dillard and Sandman are advisors to this program in the History Department. A high school teaching path is also offered through the Political Science Department, where the contact person is Dr. Hulsey.