Social Studies

Faculty

R. Berglee, V. Craig, K. DuRocher, J. Ernst, B. Fitzpatrick, J. Hennen, J. Holcomb, T. Kiffmeyer, E. Lewis, A. Mandzy, J. Masterson, I. N'Diaye, G. O'Dell, E. Ratajeski, S. Riegle, A. Scott

Program Competencies

Students are expected to possess:

  1. The capacity to teach at the secondary level in at least three social studies disciplines, including history.
  2. Awareness of the social, political, and economic systems that comprise contemporary societies as well as the growing interdependencies between societies as mediated by a global economy and shared concern for the physical environment.
  3. The ability to integrate and synthesize knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in order to accumulate realistic understanding of global, national, and local issues.
  4. The ability to recognize and value the varied nature of the human condition across individuals and culture groups through the practice of social/historical analysis.
  5. The ability to express methods of social science investigation, conduct original studies, and present findings of those investigations in written and oral format.
  6. The ability to assess and use electronic databases, information sites, and various online resources, and to use various instructional and presentation programs.

Assessment Procedures

National Teachers Examination (PRAXIS)

Performance during professional semester

Capstone Course

Bachelor of Arts

The Area of Concentration in Social Studies prepares students for teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 8 through 12) in at least four social studies teaching fields. There is no non-teaching program. This program aligns with trends in teacher certification that foster streamlining of certification requirements and procedures. A minimum of nine semester hours in a teaching field is required for certification in Kentucky. This program consists of 60 hours of credit in history and related social sciences. Students should work closely with an advisor to receive approval for the exact content of their program of study in this area of concentration.

Area of Concentration in Social Studies

General Education

GEO 101 — Physical Geography

3

GOVT 141 — United States Government

3

**HIS 499D — Teaching Social Studies

3

General Education Requirements

36

**Offered fall semesters only; must be completed prior to professional semester.

Refer to the General Education section for a complete listing of general education requirements for the University.

Program Requirements

HIS 201 — Global Studies

3

HIS 202 — American Studies

3

HIS 220 — Early American History

3

*HIS 250 — Practicing History

3

HIS 301- 308 or HIS 322

3

HIS 310-319

3

HIS 350-359

3

HIS 370-379

3

Program Requirements Total

24

Geography, Government, and Economics

The student must complete the three clusters listed.

Geography

12

GEO 201 — Map Interpretation and Analysis

3

GEO 300 — World Geography

3

Electives from GEO

6

Government

9

GOVT 180 — Introduction to Political Theory or

 

GOVT 242 — State and Local Government or

 

GOVT 230 — Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

GOVT 300-349

3

GOVT 360-368

3

Economics

6

ECON 101 — Introduction to Economics

3

ECON 201 — Principles of Macroeconomics or

 

ECON 202 — Principles of Microeconomics

3

 

 

**HIS 451 — Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies

3

Program Requirements Total

54

**Offered fall semesters only; must be completed prior to professional semester.

*HIS 250 will satisfy the GOVT 289 prerequisite for advanced courses in government (applies to social studies students only).

Additional Constraints:

Students are permitted to use only one course in the major or minor from each of the following pairs:

  1. HIS 322 — Appalachia or HIS 323 — Kentucky
  2. HIS 311 — Native American History, or
    HIS 321 — The American Frontier

Supplemental Requirements (Professional Education)

EDF 207 — Foundations of Education

3

EDF 211 — Human Growth and Development

3

EDSP 230 — Education of Exceptional Children

3

EDSP 311— Learning Theories and Assessment

3

EDSE 312 — Educational Methods and Technology

3

EDSE 483 — Classroom Organization and Mngt. for Secondary Teachers

3

EDSE 416 — Clinical Practice

12

Professional Education Total

30

Components of Degree Requirement

General Education

36

Program Requirements

54

Supplemental Requirements

30

Degree Requirement Total

120