History Pedagogy

Bachelor of Arts

Teach the future about the past.

Study a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum designed for social science teachers.

The Curriculum
Connect past to present

With courses ranging from “World Civilizations” to “United States Women’s History,” you’ll develop a firm understanding of the events that shaped our modern world while focusing on topics that interest you. Immersive experiences like international travel courses and archival research will offer valuable insight on pieces of history to share with future young scholars. 

Put events into context

Cal Lutheran is one of few liberal arts institutions in California with a Single Subject Matter Program (SSMP) in history approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This means you’ll have the unique opportunity to earn a history degree certified for teachers while also getting to explore complementary subjects like the arts and political science. This interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences will help you become a more well-rounded educator and historian.

Make your mark on history

Experiential learning opportunities will help solidify your historical knowledge and learn how to share it through teaching. Through field study hours at neighboring schools, you’ll be able to find your desired age group and areas of interest in teaching the social sciences. In addition, active citizenry projects such as the grant-funded World War I in America initiative, service learning opportunities including AmeriCorps fellowships, and networking groups like the National History Honor Society will connect you with fellow historians who want to make an impact. 

Expedite your teaching credential

Students who go on to attend Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education can complete their social sciences teaching credential in just one year after finishing their undergraduate studies, saving time and money. Through our partnerships with local private schools, you can also start a full-time teaching position before completing your credential. 

To find out more about credential programs and degree options through the Graduate School of Education, you can request information or email clugrad@callutheran.edu


Offered as a major (BA).

Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

The faculty of the history department is excellent. They will help, guide, and mentor you into a student who has a wealth of knowledge envied by others, who has the tools to be successful in whatever path you choose after CLU, and who becomes part of a world that needs experts in history more than ever.

Joseph Bizjack '21
History Pedagogy Major

I chose Cal Lutheran because of their teaching credential program. However, I also fell into place in the history program for my undergraduate degree. I knew I would be at home and comfortable with my major and the people the moment I had my first academic advising appointment with Dr. Reaves. She made me feel at home and provided me with the tools I needs to graduate on time and successfully.

Chelsea Graf ’12
History Pedagogy Major

Your Future

Many students choose to save time and money by attending Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education, where they can finish their social sciences teaching credential in just one year after finishing their undergraduate studies. Through our partnerships with neighboring private schools, students can also start a full-time teaching position before completing their credential. 

If you’re service-focused and seeking adventure after graduation, many alumni have enrolled in programs including the Peace Corps and Teach for America to teach students in underserved communities across the globe.

Our alumni study at:
  • California Lutheran University Graduate School of Education
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Southern California
Our alumni work for:
  • La Reina High School and Middle School 
  • Lawndale Elementary District
  • Olive Grove Charter
  • Santa Paula Unified School District
  • Simi Valley Unified School District
  • Teach For America
  • The Peace Corps
Career paths:
  • Principal
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Superintendent
  • Vice Principal

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes

Some of the most memorable times at Cal Lu were attending the history club’s ‘Scream at the Screen’ where we would knowingly watch some of the most historically inaccurate films as a way to comedically apply the knowledge we gained from our department. The club also hosted game nights, which were always a thrill as it gave the very rare opportunity to ‘one-up’ our professors...even if it was just at ‘UNO’ or ‘Settlers of Catan'.

Alec Gasca '19
History Pedagogy Major
Social Studies Teacher, La Reina High School

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