Social Science Education

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Major Requirements

Major: Social Science Education

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institution. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU resident credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Teaching Specialty Requirements
HIST 101Western Civilization I (May satisfy general education category A)3
HIST 102Western Civilization II (May satisfy general education category A)3
HIST 103U.S. to 18773
HIST 104U.S. Since 18773
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
HISTNon-US History (300-400 level)6
HISTUS History (300-400 level)6
HISTHistory Elective3
Select one of the following areas (A-C):6
A. Anthropology (6 cr):
Introduction to Anthropology
300-400 Level
B. Sociology (6 cr):
Introduction to Sociology
300-400 Level
C. Psychology (6 cr):
Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Select two of the following areas (D-F):24
D. Political Science (12 cr):
American Government
Select 3 from the following:
Problems and Policies In American Government
Judicial Process
Political Behavior-Executive-Legislative Process
Political Behavior-Political Parties
State and Local Politics
Constitutional Law-Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law-Criminal Justice
E. Geography (12 cr):
Geography of North America
The Earth Through Time
Geography Electives (6 cr)
F. Economics (12 cr):
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Electives (6 cr)
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Soc Sci)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Total Credits91

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program. 

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.

  • Course taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.

  • See School of Education for admission requirements.