Degree programs in history provide both breadth in area coverage and depth in practicing history research, preparing students to enter the teaching profession, applied fields such as heritage work, or graduate programs in history and related fields. There is a major and minor in history. The minor is offered on the main campus, MSU at Prestonsburg, and the University Center of the Mountains in Hazard.
Middle Grades program is a teacher education degree program with various component areas to be chosen by the candidate. It is a rich focused program aligned with leading middle grades and professional organizations. For persons interested in a middle grades education degree, please contact Dr. Karen Lafferty, Middle Grades Education Program Coordinator, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is an alternative teacher certification program. Completion of MAT results in a Master’s Degree and a Kentucky teaching certification. The program is designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in a certification content area or closely related field.
The B.A. in Paralegal Studies is designed to equip graduates with the appropriate applied and theoretical knowledge of law in order to successfully assist lawyers in providing legal services to clients. The major combines the advantages of a liberal arts education with the development of professional skills necessary to provide legal assistance to attorneys.
Philosophy and religious studies degree programs emphasize flexible, independent thinking. Students learn to analyze complex arguments by identifying assumptions in classical and contemporary debates and tracing the origins of those views back into the history of ideas. As a result, they learn to express themselves clearly and precisely in writing and speech.
Although there is no pre-law program or recommended major, MSU does offer pre-law advising for students in any major to help them to make successful applications to law school.
Rank 1 programs are advanced graduate programs that aim to refine teachers’ instructional skills and arm them with the latest trends in education models, behavior patterns, technology, and leadership techniques.
Secondary education certification is received through the College of Education while a candidate is completing their Bachelor’s degree in the discipline field. For persons interested in secondary education certification, please contact Dr. Lesia Lennex, Secondary Education Program Coordinator, Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education.
By combining courses in social studies fields and education, the Area of Concentration in Social Studies prepares students for teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 8 through 12) in at least four teaching fields.
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