Geography Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SASE 401 is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, coursework is required in each of the following:

  • Anthropology,
  • Economics,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Political science and
  • Sociology.

A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or by viewing the "Social Studies Support Courses" tab on this page.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education
A. New Student Seminar
GNED 199New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication 3
One course from D. Fine and Performing Arts or F1. Great Works and Their Influences or F2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by MATH 109 in the major.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Fulfilled by EAES 101, 201, or 250 in the major.0
K. Social Science
1. American and European History - Fulfilled by HIST 117 in the collateral requirements.
3. Social Science Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD/PSYC 200 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled by SASE 210 in the Teacher Education sequence.0
II. World Languages
A. World Languages3-6
III. Major Requirements
A. Required Courses
EAES 100Principles of Geography3
or EAES 101 Planet Earth
EAES 161Human Geography3
EAES 170World Geography3
EAES 210Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing3
EAES 281Introduction to American Urban Studies3
EAES 390Research Methods3
EAES 487Senior Seminar in Urban Study (Urban Studies Internship)3
or EAES 497 Senior Seminar Geography
STAT 109Statistics3
B. Major Electives
Complete 10 credits from the list below. A minimum of 6 credits should be at the 300-400 level.10
C. Collateral Social Studies Requirements
ANTH 100Cultural Anthropology3
or SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations
ECON 100Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics
or ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics
HIST 103Foundations of Western Civilization3
or HIST 105 Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
or HIST 106 Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
HIST 141Introduction to World History Since 15003
HIST 215U.S. Women’s History3
HIST 217History of Black Americans3
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
or POLS 201 Comparative Politics
or POLS 307 American Political Thought
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.37
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.6-3
Total Credits120

Major Electives

A minimum of 6 credits should be at the 300-400 level.
EAES 201Understanding Weather and Climate4
EAES 250Introduction to Marine Sciences4
EAES 271Geography of East and Southeast Asia3
EAES 272Land and Life in Latin America3
EAES 283Urban Georgraphy3
EAES 303Field Geography3
EAES 370World Resources and Industries3
EAES 373Historical Geography of the United States3
EAES 376Geography of New Jersey3
EAES 384Managing the Urban Environment3
EAES 385Urbanization and Environment3
EAES 386People and Cities: Comparative Urban Studies3
EAES 460Environmental Law3
EAES 475Environmental Economics3
EAES 499Special Topics in Earth and Environmental Studies1-4

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
or FSHD 216 Adolescent Development
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
SASE 320Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 321Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Methods Course(s)
Select a Teaching Methods course or courses according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12 (Visual Arts major.)
Dance Methods (Dance major.)
Teaching English (secondary) (English major.)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice (French major.)
The Teaching of Health
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education (Physical Education major.)
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools (Italian major.)
Methods of Teaching Latin (Latin major.)
Methods and Material of TESL (Linguistics major.)
Teaching of Mathematics (Mathematics major.)
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II (Music major.)
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, or Physics majors.)
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12
Theatre Teaching Methods
Professional Year Courses
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 452Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits36-40