Social Studies for Secondary Education
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 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Major Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.
For full course descriptions, see the Carroll College Academic Catalog.