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Academic Plan

The social studies major involves courses in the Education Department as well as course work from several other disciplines in the humanities.

Upon admission, you will meet with an advisor who will help you develop a course plan.

  • ECON 2610: Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 2620: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 2000: Human (Cultural) Geography
  • HIST 1300: Introduction of U.S. Historiography or HIST 1200: Survey of U.S. Political & Social History, 1600–1900
  • HIST 1060: Europe Since 1800
  • POSC 2010: American Government and Politics or POSC 2200: Introduction to Comparative Government
  • SOCI 1000: Principles and Concepts in Sociology
  • SOCI 3250: Cultural Anthropology
  • EDUC 2070: Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society
  • EDUC 2090: General Methods: Secondary
  • EDUC 2490: School Health & Chemical Health
  • EDUC 3550: Literacy in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 3650: Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 3743: Special Methods: Middle School Social Studies
  • EDUC 3753: Special Methods: Secondary
  • EDUC 3910: Student Teaching & Seminar: Middle School
  • EDUC 3950: Student Teaching & Seminar: Secondary
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology
  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Concentrations within the social studies major

Each social studies major will take four additional courses (a minimum of 16 semester credits) in one of the social sciences. You will select these will the guidance and approval of the program coordinator. 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 or 4000 (advanced) level.

Concentration areas include:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Writing requirements

Social studies majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing HIST 1300: Introduction of U.S. Historiography or POSC 2200: Introduction to Comparative Government. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).