2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Social Studies Education Major

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(46-52 credits)

Students should be thoroughly familiar with the requirements of the teaching curriculum and admission to the Teacher Education Program. Refer to the Bayh College of Education and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology sections of this Catalog. 

Students may choose to concentrate in any two of the following teaching areas: economics, geography, government, history, psychology, and sociology. Required courses for each teaching area are listed below. To ensure broad competence in the social sciences, students are also required to complete one course in three of the four areas other than those selected as teaching areas, for a total of 9 credits (for accreditation purposes students should take either the required Psychology course OR a required Sociology course, but not both). These courses are also listed below. There is one exception to this pattern: students who do not choose history as one of their teaching areas must complete two history courses and one course in each other teaching area not chosen, for a total of 12 credits.

Some courses that count for one teaching area may also count for another teaching area because they contain substantial content from both disciplines. For example, ENVI 213 could be taken as an elective in the economics teaching area even though it is a geography course. Such courses are called shared courses, and students may choose to take one shared course per teaching area for a maximum of 9 credits. A list of shared courses is maintained on the Social Science Education Web site.

A grade point average of 2.5 or higher must be earned in each teaching area and in the major as a whole. No grade lower than C will be counted towards completion of the areas in the social studies education major.

Courses Required for Teaching Areas:

Students should choose two teaching areas and consult the Social Science Education Web site for a list of elective options.

Economics (15 credits minimum):

Government (15 credits minimum):

History (24 credits minimum):

Sociology (15 credits minimum):

Courses Required for Disciplines not Chosen as Teaching Areas:

Required Professional Education:

  • Four hours are required in the Senior High-Junior High/Middle School Professional Education sequence described in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology.

Professional Education Courses Taught in the Bayh College of Education (31 credits):

Students pursuing the social studies major must also fulfill the requirements of the teacher education program listed below.

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