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Social Studies - Education Option

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Social Studies - Education Option (135 Credits)

Social Studies is a major for students who plan to earn both a BA and a teaching endorsement in the multidisciplinary fields of history and the social sciences: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology. Social Studies majors who wish to earn a teaching credential must apply to the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education. They should consult with an advisor in history about choosing additional electives that may apply toward a minor or second major and that complement a Social Studies endorsement.

To certify in Social Studies, a student must have earned at least a 2.50 cumulative gpa.

The social studies education major consists of 63 hours: lower-division (30 hours) to include HISTORY 101, 102, 110, 111; one course from two of the following four sets: HISTORY 230 231, 270, 271, 272 273, 275; one from AANTH 101, 198, 203, 260; ECONS 102; POL S 101; SOC 101. Upper-division (30 hours): 15 hours of history, to include 422, one European, one non-western/global, and one American/U.S. course; 15 hours of social sciences, to include one from ECONS 320, 327, 416, 427, 430 [T]; one from geography (ANTH 309, HISTORY 319, 495); one from POL S 300, 316, 427, 450, 455 or CRM J 320; and 6 additional hours from ANTH 307, 316, 320, 330, 331, 350; PSYCH 310, 324, 361, 470; SOC 320, 351, 384, 430; HISTORY 480 is also required. An approved seminar is also required but may double-count with the upper-division courses above.

As social studies is an interdisciplinary major, 21 credits may double count to fulfill UCORE and major requirements.

Students must have one year of a foreign language at the college level or two years at the high school level.
First Year
First TermCredits
Humanities [HUM]3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3 or 4
Second TermCredits
ANTH 101 [DIVR]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]4
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
SOC 101 [SSCI]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
ECONS 1023
HISTORY 200-level course13
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]4
POL S 101 [SSCI] or PSYCH 105 [SSCI]23
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 201 [WRTG], 301, or 30233
HISTORY-200 level course13
POL S 101 or PSYCH 10523
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level HISTORY Electives4,56
300-400-level ECONS Elective from list3
ANTH/PSYCH/SOC Electives from list53
TCH LRN 3013
Second TermCredits
ANTH/PSYCH/SOC Electives from list3
Geography Elective from list3
POL S Elective from list3
TCH LRN 3172
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level HISTORY Elective4,53
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]63
TCH LRN 4643
TCH LRN 4653
TCH LRN 4662
Second TermCredits
300-400-level HISTORY Elective4,53
TCH LRN 4673
TCH LRN 4692
TCH LRN 4703
Fifth Year
First TermCredits
TCH LRN 41516

1Choose one from two separate categories: HISTORY 230, 231; 270, 271; 272, 273; 275.
2PSYCH 105 is required for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program.
3One from ENGLISH 201, 301, 302, or 402 is required for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students who take ENGLISH 302 will need to take an additional [WRTG] or [COMM] course.
4Social studies majors must choose their 12 hours of 300-400 electives from the following: one from European history list, one from world history list, one from American/U.S. history list and one additional elective.
5An approved seminar, HISTORY 469 or SOC 320, may double-count as a major course.
6Integrated Capstone course may double-count as a major course.

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