Bachelor of Arts

History with licensure in Integrated Social Studies

Teaching the tales of our ancestors brings hope for our future. If you love history and love teaching, explore the social, political, economic and religious past that have shaped our world. With invaluable field experience in the classroom, continue your work in the classroom with students in grades seven to 12.  

History with licensure in Integrated Social Studies, grades 7-12, in conjunction with Lourdes University

Tiffin University has established an innovative partnership with Lourdes University that allows TU students to study and major in Education without leaving the Tiffin University campus. Within this unique program, students can enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program through Tiffin University and study either Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Social Studies/History, or Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Language Arts/English.

Lourdes University faculty teach all of the Education coursework on Tiffin University’s campus. Teacher credentialing and certification will be handled through the School of Education at Lourdes University.  Meanwhile, the general education curriculum and the content specialization in English and History are taught by Tiffin University faculty.

This major will provide you with all of the coursework necessary for a Degree in Integrated Social Studies.  You will also meet the Adolescent and Young Adult licensing requirements and teaching credentials for Integrated Social Studies, grades 7–12.

  • Nationally accredited (TEAC, 2010)
  • Consistent rating of "Effective," Ohio's highest ranking for teacher preparation programs
  • Field experiences range from one day observations in the first Education courses to 15-weeks during student teaching

Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Education is a specialized field of study with a body of knowledge and research that recognizes the distinct developmental stage of students from ages 12-21 and grades 7-12.  This program is designed to prepare you for a teaching career by providing an education that allows you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to teach and work with adolescents and young adults in grades 7-12.

The curriculum is based on contemporary research and the most current standard requirements of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); Ohio Department of Education (ODE); the International Society for Teaching in Education (ITSE); the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Knowledge Skills Core 16 hours & General Education Core 30 Hours

Integrated Social Studies 39 Hours

  • CUL250 Cultural Geography
  • ECO221 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • ECO222 Principles of Microeconomics
  • HIS122 Research for History 
  • HIS231 Creating a Nation 
  • HIS242 US History 1865 to 1945
  • HIS267 Challenges of Global Leadership: US History after 1945 
  • HIS301 Dawn of Mankind
  • HIS410 The Interconnected World 
  • HIS425 Historiography 
  • HIS323 The Emerging West
  • POL201 Political Geography
  • POL391 Comparative Political Systems

Professional Education Requirements 12 Hours

  • EDU100 Foundations of Education or EDU101 Education Bridge
  • EDU230 Survey of Special Needs Education
  • EDU250 Educational Psychology Education
  • EDU319 Classroom Management for Middle Childhood & AYA Education

Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Requirements 33 Hours

  • EDA210 Teaching Adolescents and Young Adults
  • EDA235 AYA Curriculum, Instruction & Management
  • EDA250 General Teaching Methods and Field Experience I
  • EDA353 Language Arts Methods and Field Experience II
  • EDA450 Adolescent and Yong Adult Student Teaching
  • EDU220 Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies 
  • EDU221 Content Area Reading 
  • EDU329 Differentiated Instruction & Assessment

Total Hours 130 hours

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

All History licensure concentrations offered

Creating a Nation: The United States through the Civil War (HIS231) - Beginning with the Pre-Columbian Native American culture, the course investigates European colonization of the Americas, with emphasis on the English experience. The causes and key elements of the American Revolution are analyzed, as are the challenges faced and opportunities enjoyed by the newly independent nation. Students will explore the interacting social, political, economic, military, and religious themes that underscore the nation’s development. The course concludes with an investigation of growing tensions between the North and the South that emerged as the nation moved westward, generating Irreconcilable conflicts that culminated in civil war. This is a writing intensive course.

The United States, 1865-1945: Consolidation, Industrialization, & the Rise to Global Leadership (HIS242) - Efforts to reconstruct the South and uncertainty over the future of freed slaves following the Civil War provide the introduction for this class. Students will also trace the remarkable rise of industrialization and unionism, the “winning of the West,” the challenges of urbanization, unprecedented immigration around 1900 and the country’s growing commitment in Asia following the Spanish-American War. The uncertainties associated with capitalism are explored through investigations of the various depressions that rocked the nation periodically during the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, an investigation of America’s role in two world wars helps students understand how the United States emerged as a world leader in 1945. This is a writing intensive course.

The Challenges of Global Leadership: The United States after 1945 (HIS267) - The class follows the post-war trail of mutual misunderstanding and mistrust between the United States and the Soviet Union, which solidified into intransigent ideological positions during the nearly 4 decades of threat and counter-threat known as the Cold War. Seeking to check perceived Soviet expansion, the nation found itself embroiled in a number of wars in far-flung corners of the post-colonial world. At home, students will discover that the United States enjoyed unprecedented economic growth, but also strident racial and gender equality debates, environmental issues, generational and cultural differences and increasing commercialization. By the late 20th century, issues of globalization, terrorism, population growth and migration, growing political discord and technological innovation left the United States facing a world of uncertainty, but also of opportunity. This is a writing intensive course.

Historiography (HIS425) - This capstone course investigates how the study of history has evolved, with a special emphasis placed on competing historical theories. Using samples of historical writing from representative historians over time, students will seek to understand the role of objectivity and the temptations of manipulating the past to influence the future. In addition, they will learn how technology has influenced the profession. Material studied will include European as well as American historical thought and practice. This is a writing intensive course.

The Emerging West, Exploration, Colonization, and Commerce (HIS323) - This course will examine the coming of the modern age. An examination of Europe from the late Middle Ages into the late nineteenth century will allow students to explore the ways that Europeans began to value reason over pre-modern ways of understanding the world. This enormous change let to political, scientific, economic, social, and cultural changes both in European society and in the world at large. Students will investigate key events in European history such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Exploration, the Industrial Revolution and the creation of the modern nation-state, but particular attention will be paid to how each of these events impacted the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia. By examining each of these events from a global point of view, students will explore the ways in which knowledge and European ways of thinking influenced people around the world. This is a writing intensive course.

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Springboro Community City Schools
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Vermilion Local Schools


Mindy Brown

Lourdes University Education Liaison

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • M.Ed., Educational Technology, University of Toledo
  • B.Ed., Elementary Education concentration in Social Studies, University of Toledo
  • State of Ohio licenses: Elementary Education 1-8 and Administrative License for PK-12

Mindy Brown

Ms. Mindy Brown serves as the liaison between Tiffin University and Lourdes University for the undergraduate education program.

She joins Lourdes-Tiffin University after a 18 year classroom teaching career at Fremont City Schools with concentration on grades 5-8 in all core content areas. She has a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Studies more specifically African-American History and Women's Studies, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Toledo and State of Ohio licensures in Elementary grades 1-8 and Principal PK-12. Mindy is pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership through Lourdes University.

Professor Brown served on numerous committees including, but not limited to the construction of new middle school, District Oversight Committee, Kiwanis International Liason to middles school students by advising Builder's Club. She was also elected by peers to serve as faculty representative, Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the Fremont Education Association during tenure at Fremont City Schools.

Mindy Brown
Lourdes University Education Liaison
Mindy Brown
Lourdes University Education Liaison
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D
Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.Mus., Georgia State University
  • M. Mus., Georgia State University
  • B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.A., Morehead State University
  • Ph.D., New York University

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.

A native of Findlay, Dr. Terry Collins joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2005. For twenty-five years prior to that, she served as a U.S. Army bandsman at installations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to integrate the Military Band Program. For the past several years she has worked as a classroom teacher in both music K-12, English 6-12, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, Central Texas College, Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Seminary, and Old Dominion University.

Teresa Collins, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Teresa Collins, Ph.D.
Professor of Education


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