This broadfield major comprises at least 54 semester credits of content-area course work, with a concentration in history and political science, and additional course work in economics, geography, psychology, and/or sociology. Since the major and the minor are combined in this program, a teaching minor is not required for licensure.
I. Major Program Requirements
Twenty-four credits of History, including:
HI 101-102 History of Western Civilization
HI 121-122 History of the United States
Non-Western History Course (e.g. HI 241, 251, HI 271, HI 291)
HI 231 Montana and the West
or 224 History of the American West
HI 494 Historiography
HI 495 Research Seminar
Eighteen credits of Political Science, including:
PO 104 American National Government
PO 115 International Relations
PO 205 Early Modern Political Thought
PO 216 American Political Thought
PO 222 U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 250 Topics in American Politics
Twelve credits in one of the following areas:
Economics, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology
Courses in Professional Education Program Requirements may also
count toward partially meeting the 12-credit requirement in
Economics, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology.
II. Professional Education Program Requirements for Social Studies Major
AN/SO 218 Introduction to Native American Studies
CS 103 Instructional Media and Technology
ED 102 Foundations of Education
ED/PSY 229 Educational Psychology
ED 245 Diversity Field Experience
Ed 305 Classroom Management
ED 318 Content Area Reading and Secondary Methods
ED 344 Secondary Social Studies
ED 405 Education Seminar
ED 410 Student Teaching
ED 412 Measurement and Assessment in Teaching
PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
or PSY 105 General Psychology
and PSY 203 Developmental Psychology
SPED 300 Introduction to Exceptional Children
United States and contemporary world cultures course(s)
III. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.
1. Students interested in Social Studies for Secondary Education should also consider the History and Political Science for Secondary Education or History, Political Science, and Social Studies for Secondary Education.
2. All Social Studies for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Major Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements; 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade oint average, and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Major Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.