This graduate certificate is designed for high school teachers who already have a B.A. and need the credentials required by the Higher Learning Commission to teach history and political science courses for lower-division college level credit.

Students in this certificate program will acquire 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the fields of history and political science. The courses are spread over a two-year period, as shown in the schedule below.

In addition, the program allows students to explore history and political science in greater depth, and to prepare themselves for masters-level graduate degrees in these fields. The transferability of these courses towards a specific master's degree is not guaranteed, and would depend on the individual masters programs.


Program Requirements Tuition and fees CMU Graduate Programs

If you're interested in learning more about this certificate, contact Justin Gollob, Department Head of Social and Behavioral Sciences at [email protected]

Application process

Applicants mush hold a bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

  1. Submit an online application.
    • A $50 application fee is required to submit the application
  2. Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities at which you previously completed coursework.
    • To be official, transcripts must be sent directly to CMU from the issuing institution.
    • Waived for CMU/Mesa State College attendees; we can obtain transcripts
  3. Submit supplemental items through the application portal.
    1. Letter of Intent - Provide information about your background in History, Political Science or related field, interests, aspirations, and how they relate to the Graduate Certificate in Social Sciences.
      • If pursuing the master's degree in education, include an explanation of your philosophy of education
    2. Letters of recommendation (2 recommendations for certificate application, 3 recommendations for master's application) 
      • 1 page in length
      • Indicate how long the recommender has known the applicant and in what capacity
      • Describe the applicant’s ability to be self-motivated and to learn independently
      • Identify what attributes make the applicant suited for the graduate certificate program in Social Sciences
    3. Certificate of immunization for those younger than 54

Learning Outcomes

All CMU program completers are expected to demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, communication fluency, quantitative fluency, and specialized knowledge/applied learning. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, all recipients of a Social Sciences Graduate Certificate will be able to:

  1. Contribute to scholarly advancement in the chosen field by completing projects individually and collaboratively (specialized knowledge/applied learning);
  2. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in discipline-specific theories and methods, for specified audiences (communication fluency);
  3. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to research problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives (critical thinking); and
  4. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various scholarly sources (information literacy)