Secondary: Social Studies

Secondary: Social Studies

Designed for those looking to teach one of the social sciences at the secondary level, this content area consists of two education courses, seven core undergraduate courses and an additional four courses in a concentration.

You must complete all required courses in your content area prior to beginning the master’s-level course sequence. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor a course sequence to fit your individual needs.


  • EDUC 7743: Special Methods: Middle-Level Social Studies
  • EDUC 7753: Special Methods: Senior High Social Studies


  • ECON 2610: Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 2620: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 2000: Human (Cultural) Geography
  • HIST 1300: Introduction to US Historiography or HIST 1200: Survey of U.S. Political and Social History, 1600–1900
  • One history course focusing on a region other than the U.S. or Canada (i.e., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Oceania)
  • POSC 2010: American Government and Politics or POSC 2200: Introduction to Comparative Government
  • SOCI 1000: Principles and Concepts in Sociology
  • SOCI 3250: Cultural Anthropology


Students specializing in social studies must take four additional concentration courses (a minimum of 16 semester credits) in one of the social sciences: economics, history, geography, political science, psychology, sociology or anthropology. Concentration courses must be approved by the social studies program coordinator.

These concentration courses are to be approved by the social studies program coordinator and by a full-time professor (preferably the chair) of the particular department of concentration (e.g. psychology or political science).

These concentration courses must include one course with an emphasis on the theory, philosophy and/or methodology of the discipline and a total of at least three courses at the 3000–4000 (advanced) level. At least one concentration course in the major must be a writing-intensive course.




Courses numbered below 5000 are undergraduate courses; courses 5000 and above are graduate courses. For detailed course descriptions, visit the Graduate Academic Catalog or the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.