History: Social Studies Licensure Track
SECONDARY EDUCATION (9-12)
Candidates who plan to seek licensure in secondary education major in the specialty areas of Comprehensive Science, and Mathematics and minor in Secondary Education. The minor is comprised of a sequence of professional courses and field experiences that prepare candidates for the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to teach in secondary schools. The sequence of courses required in the Secondary Education minor also is required for licensure in the secondary education majors of English Education and History Major - Social Studies Licensure Track.
Candidates majoring in these specialty areas who plan to acquire licensure for teaching in secondary schools need to make contact early in their academic careers with School of Education faculty to ensure they are meeting all of the necessary licensure requirements.
Alumni Profile: Celsa DeJesús
Class of 2007.
I have become a Social Studies teacher at Henderson Independent High School in Salisbury and love it! I completely don't see how you (Dr. Kruse) and Dr. Thompson do it! I have truly developed an appreciation for all of the classes that I took. However, I digress. Pfeiffer University was incredibly helpful to me. I had the chance to learn a lot of things not only in the classes, but also through all of the extracurricular activities that I participated in.
Alumni Profile: Janet Bennett Deaton
Class of 1996.
I obtained my master’s degree in reading from UNCP and was a curriculum specialist for several years, but with the budget cuts, the position was not renewed. I am currently teaching History, Civics and World, at East Montgomery High School. I love history so I am enjoying being back in the classroom.
Alumni Profile: David McGrewSince leaving Pfeiffer I've had several jobs but the job I've held longest (well, almost the longest...) and the one I've enjoyed the most is the one I have now. Since 1993 I've been a licensed tour guide in Washington, DC. Most of my clients are 8th graders and I'm convinced there will be a special place in Heaven for those of us who deal with 14 year olds. In 2005 I was honored by my colleagues as the "Guide of the Year" and in 2008 I earned the designation of Certified Master Guide. Both are bestowed by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC, on whose Board of Directors I have served for 10 of the last 12 years. I am currently co-chair of the CMG program, which is akin to being Dean of Students.
I have absolutely found my "spot." I am where I ought to be. I have incredible historical material to work with and people are actually anxious to learn about their Nation's Capital. I'm starting my 18th year and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! I wish I could trace all this love of history back to Pfeiffer but it goes back further. I loved it from the beginning. There wasn't one day ever when I was a good student and Gene Earnhart could testify to that. But I know that Drs. Cotton and Earnhart kept the flame alive in me til I was ready -- at mid-life -- to carry the torch.
Welcome to the Department of History and Political Science
The Department of History and Political Science offers a broad spectrum of courses that meet General Education requirements and that guide interested students to degree completion in the following majors: History, Political Science, and Pre-Law. In addition, we offer a Social Studies Track that directs students through the proper sequence of courses required in the state of North Carolina to teach in a public, secondary school.
While the department’s majors prepare students well for teacher certification, graduate school, or law school, the majority of the students currently in our programs are not necessarily looking toward those ends. We like to suggest that a major in our department can set a student up to do anything. Our courses stress and support critical and analytical thinking, writing, oral communication, and independent research. Classes reflect the depth and breadth of topics in History and Politics—from general surveys of the United States, Europe, and the World, to more detailed investigations of the social, political, economic, and military realities of our collective past. Major fields are designed so that students have the ability to pursue coursework that fits into their particular interests once they navigate the few required introductory courses.
Our current and former students have had great success presenting papers at regional conferences, taking advantage of local museum internships and the Capital Hill Internship Program in Washington, D.C., and participating in the many international travel opportunities sponsored on campus. These experiences have served them well in their post-graduate lives. Please take time to read some of their stories posted here.