Sociology 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. Because Praxis exams in this area are heavily weighted towards history, we STRONGLY advise students to include History (as a second major ideally) as a primary component of their program. Students also 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, course work is required in each of the following:

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

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.

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 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 Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature - Fulfilled by SOCI 313 in the major.0
3. Communication 3
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by SOCI 240 in the major.0
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History - Fulfilled by HIST 117 in the collateral requirements.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by HIST 114 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 and Cultures
A. World Languages3
III. Major Requirements
A. Required Courses
SOCI 201Foundations of Sociological Inquiry4
SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
SOCI 301Sociological Research Methods I4
SOCI 313Sociological Theory: A Critical Analysis3
SOCI 400Senior Project3
B. Major Electives
Complete a total of 21 credits from the list below.21
IV. Collateral Courses
ECON 100Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics
or ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics
HIST 103Foundations of Western Civilization3
HIST 114Early Latin America3
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
HIST 141Introduction to World History Since 15003
EAES 170World Geography3
V. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.36
Total Credits120
Major Electives
Upper Level Electives
Complete 12-21 credits from the following:
SOCI 302Sociological Research Methods II3
SOCI 303Large Scale Organizations3
SOCI 304Sociology of Work and Professions3
SOCI 309Sociology of Health and Illness3
SOCI 310Directed Independent Research3-9
SOCI 312Environmental Sociology3
SOCI 314Environmental Justice3
SOCI 315Social Inequality3
SOCI 316Sociology of Education3
SOCI 318Sociology of Population3
SOCI 330Political Sociology3
SOCI 334Comparative Social Analysis3
SOCI 336Sociology and Social Work3
SOCI 340Social Change in a Global World3
SOCI 350Special Topics in Social Issues3
SOCI 364Religion, Culture, and Society3
SOCI 401Sociology of Emotions3
SOCI 405Deviance and Social Control3
SOCI 407Sociology of the Mass Media3
SOCI 408Social Movements3
SOCI 411Special Topics in Sociology3
SOCI 416Qualitative Research in Sociology3
SOCI 420Sociology of Law3
SOCI 426Sociology of Sexuality3
SOCI 430Sociology of Gender3
Lower Level Electives
0-9 credits may be taken from the following:
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 102Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 104Sociology of the Family3
SOCI 105Black Family3
SOCI 106Individual and Society3
SOCI 112Sociology of Leisure3
SOCI 113Social Problems3
SOCI 207Social Structure of American Society3
SOCI/GSWS 208Men and Masculinities3
SOCI 209Sociology of Poverty and Welfare3
SOCI 212Sociology of Technology3
SOCI 215Sociology of Sports3
SOCI 219Sociology of Aging3
SOCI 220Sociology of Rich and Poor Nations3
SOCI 230Sociology of Conflict and Violence3
SOCI 250Special Topics in Current Sociology Issues3
SOCI 290Cooperative Education in Sociology3-4

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