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Essential Studies

The Essential Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

General Studies

For those students who began under the General Studies requirements for Chadron State College, they are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the following skills outcomes of the History program:

  • 1. Historical Interpretation
    • 200 - Illustrate how historians make interpretations of the past
    • 300 - Distinguish broad trends in historical interpretations (historiography)
    • 400 - Synthesize multiple historical interpretations
  • 2. Scholarly Argument
    • 200 - Identify authors' arguments
    • 300 - Distinguish between authors' main arguments and secondary points
    • 400 - Evaluate authors' arguments and evidence
  • 3. Primary Sources
    • 200 - Learn how to analyze/question a primary source
    • 300 - Evaluate trustworthiness of sources and contrast diverse and conflicting primary sources
    • 400 - Formulate relationships among multiple primary sources
  • 4. Thesis Statement
    • 200 - Develop thesis statement supported by evidence using appropriate standards of evidence
    • 300 - Create an argument, marshal evidence from multiple sources, and use endnotes, footnotes and bibliography
    • 400 - Select problem of study, find appropriate resources, and use endnotes, footnotes and bibliography
  • 5. Social Sciences
    • 200 - Understand the connections among cognate social studies areas
    • 300 - Integrate perspectives from multiple cognate social studies areas
    • 400 - Evaluate the applicability of cognate social science areas
  • 6. Communication
  • Display clear and cogent written and oral communication

In addition, students will demonstrate competence in the following outcomes particular to the cognate social sciences:

  • 1. Articulate essential knowledge and concepts in the social sciences.
  • 2. Interpret quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • 3. Apply the scientific method to answer well formulated research questions.
  • 4. Evaluate the utility of contending analytical perspectives.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a Field Endorsement in Social Science (7-12)

A student must complete the following program in addition to theEssential Studies Program requirements  (PS 101 is recommended to fulfill ESO 8 of the Essential Studies Program) and Professional Education requirements. Information Literacy is recommended to take during the first year of study at CSC.

Course Number and Title Hours
Survey in U.S. History:
HIST 151 or 152 3
Survey in World History:
HIST 171 or 172 3
Historical Process:
HIST 210, 220, 230, 240 (select any two) 6
Content/Context (US/Europe):
HIST 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, or 356 (select one) 3
Content/Context (North American West):
HIST 361, 362, 363, 364, 365 or 366 (select one) 3
Content/Context (World):
HIST 371, 372, 373, 374, 375 or 376 (select one) 3
Seminar in Process/Context:
HIST 455, 465 or 475 (select one) 3
Focus area in PS or ANTH 9
Additional SS electives, as below 24
Seminar in the Social Sciences:
SS 495 3
Total hours 36

Nine (9) hours from either Anthropology or Political Science for a Focus Area:

  • Political Science: PS 321, PS 332 or PS 341, and 400-level PS elective
  • Anthropology: ANTH 231, 300-level ANTH elective, and a 400-level ANTH elective

Additional Social Science courses other than focus area:

  • At least six hours from each of four disciplines below not in the chosen Focus Area (24 hours total).
  • Anthropology (231 and upper division elective)
  • Political Science (PS 321 and upper-division elective)
  • Economics (130 and one of the following: ECON 231, ECON 232, FIN 333, PS 425)
  • Psychology (131 and upper-division elective)
  • Geography (231 and 232)

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The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Content Area of Specialization in Social Science (Grades 4-9)

A student must complete the following program in addition to the Essential Studies requirements and Professional Education, Middle Grade requirements and one other Content Area of Specialization requirement. Information Literacy is recommended to take during the first year of study at CSC.

Number Course Title Hours
ECON 130 Survey of Economics 3
GEOG 232 Cultural Geography 3
HIST 151 U.S. History to 1877 3
HIST 152 U.S. History since 1877 3
HIST 172 World History since 1500 3
PS 321 Politics and Govt. in Hist. Pers. 3
Upper-division elective in ANTH or PS 3
Total hours 21

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Area of Concentration - Elementary Education

A student must complete 9 credit hours from the following courses in addition to the Essential Studies and Professional Education, Elementary Education requirements:

Number Course Title Hours
Choose 3 credits from the following:
HIST 151 U.S. History to 1877 3
HIST 152 U.S. History since 1877 3
HIST 171 World History to 1500 3
HIST 172 World History since 1500 3
HIST 172 World History since 1500 3
Choose 6 credits from the following:
ECON 130 Survey of Economics 3
GEOG 232 Cultural Geography 3
*HIST 362 Nebraska History 3
*HIST 363 American Indian History 3
PS 321 Politics and Govt. In Hist. Pers. 3
Total hours 9

**Certification requirements vary from state to state. For example, students planning to teach in Nebraska should take HIST 362. Students planning to teach in South Dakota should take HIST 363. Please consult individual state requirements or your advisor for more information.

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