Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Social Science

Preparation for Teaching: Single Subject

San José State University -to- Woodland Community College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

STAR Act (SB 1440):

The Sociology & Interdisciplinary Social Sciences department accepts the AA-T in Elementary Education or the AA-T in History for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for Social Science Preparation for Teaching (Single Subject) program at SJSU, as part of their AA-T in Elementary Education or AA-T in History. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).
This major is designed for students interested in teaching history, political science (government), economics, or social science in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San Jose State University's requirements for a BA in Social Science. In addition, this program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) as subject matter preparation for a single subject credential in social science.
Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria may be required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see index) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 1B Critical Thinking/Writing About Literature
ENGL 1C Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 1B Critical Thinking/Writing About Literature

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

HIST 001A World History to 1500No Current Equivalent
HIST 001B World History from 1500No Current Equivalent

History and Social Science

Area D American Institutions, 6 units from:

Area F: American Institutions US 1 & 2 & 3

Select any approved combination of community college courses certified to meet the CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement (US 1 & US 2 & US 3).
US 1, Historical development of American institutions and ideals.
US 2, U.S. Constitution and government.
US 3, California state and local government.
See courses approved for this area at your community college at:
Only if the above combinations are certified to meet 6 units of Area D, and the US-1, US-2 and US-3 to clear the American Institution Requirement.


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.