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Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department

BA - Social Science, Preparation for Teaching (Single Subject)

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 José State University's requirements for a BA in Social Science. The BA Social Science Preparation for Teaching is approved as subject matter preparation for a single subject credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Individuals who do not wish to complete one of the degree program, or individuals seeking a single subject credential in subject areas not listed must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Minimum grade point average (GPA) and 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 Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

The San José State University College of Social Science Subject Matter Preparation Program is a 45 unit major.

Students are required to take 6 units of lower division World History and 6 units of lower division United States History and Government. These courses provide our majors with a broad foundation in the history and political science content they will need to teach Social Studies in the middle and high school. Upper division history courses consist of 3 units of World History, 6 of U.S. History and 3 units of California History. In addition, students take three courses (9 units) that are especially designed for teacher preparation majors in the fields of Political Science, Geography and Economics. An additional course in Geography provides depth in global topics.

Three Social Science courses (SOCS 177, 185, 195) emphasize the social science of education theory, exemplary studies in the field of education, diversity, practice in using technology in the classroom, modeling of varied teaching experiences, field work in the public schools and formative and summative assessment. Collectively these courses compliment the core by providing the student with the opportunity to read and discuss issues relating to creating and maintaining an effective environment for student learning, engaging and supporting all students in learning, organizing subject matter for student learning and the role of teachers as leaders and advocates beyond the classroom.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements36
Of the 51 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Requirement of the Major53
Lower Division Core12
HIST 001A. World History to 15003
HIST 001B. World History from 15003
Complete one sequence of U.S. History and Government courses from:
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
African-American US History & Government Sequence
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government3
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government3
Mexican American US History and Government Sequence
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Asian American US History and Government Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
Upper Division Core41
ECON 109. Analysis of Economic Issues for Teachers3
GEOG 101. Global GeographyD23
GEOG 123. Geography for K-12 Teachers3
HIST 155. 20th Century WorldV3
HIST 186. Ethnicity and Race in United States History3
HIST 187. United States Social History3
HIST 189A. California History to 19004
HIST 189B. California History Since 19004
MAS 185. Teaching in a Diverse Society3
POLS 101. American Government for Teachers3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
SOCS 195. Theory and Practice in the Social Sciences3
University Electives29

Total Units:120