The Social Studies major is designed for students seeking teacher certification in social studies. The major gives you a well-rounded view of history, geography, and the social sciences.
To pursue teacher certification, you will take courses in the Education Department and complete a Secondary Education minor. The combination of instruction you will receive in the humanities and education will help you develop the skills necessary for the classroom.
Degree Details: Social Studies
In addition to history classes, you will study economics, political science, sociology, and psychology. This combination of humanities coursework will give you the critical thinking skills to assist you in your future career. Courses may include:
- American History
- European History
- The Greeks and Romans
- Africa in Modern Times
- American Government
- General Psychology
- General Sociology
- Historical Skills and Methods
If you plan to teach social studies, your Secondary Education minor will help you learn essential teacher-student interaction skills and techniques necessary for you to pursue a career teaching at the middle-school and high-school levels. Courses in the Secondary Education minor include:
- Foundations and Teacher Shadow
- Intro to Exceptional Children
- Literacy Foundations for Secondary Teachers
- Content Area Literacy for Secondary Teachers
- Secondary Reading
In addition to your coursework, you will complete student teaching during your senior year.
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“Occupational Outlook Handbook: High School Teachers,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm
“Occupational Outlook Handbook: Middle School Teachers,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm