Social Studies Education

Course Descriptions

Education classes

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.


  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
  3. 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.