BA History (Secondary Education)

If you love history and have dreams of becoming a history teacher, this program is perfect for you. It combines education courses with a deep exploration into history and an emphasis on honing writing, reading comprehension and verbal skills to prepare you for a variety of careers in addition to education.


The secondary education concentration within the BA in history offers a flexible degree for students who are considering a career in education.

The concentration program fully prepares students for teaching and certification. At the same time, the concentration provides all the disciplinary knowledge of a traditional history degree and prepares students for a variety of noneducation careers. By developing strong critical reading, writing and research skills as well as skills in oral presentation, the program creates a solid foundation for graduate work in history, law or business.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in history (secondary education) offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may not pursue a concurrent degree with the Bachelor of Arts in history offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in secondary education (history) offered by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the Bachelor of Arts in history offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, or the Bachelor of Arts in history offered by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.


The combination of courses within the secondary education concentration offers a broad education that prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • archival research
  • business and industry
  • education
  • law enforcement
  • public history
  • publishing
  • social work


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