Political Science Major with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. The course SOSC 401 is the departmental requirement.

The social studies teacher is expected to have a broad understanding of the cultural and environmental factors which shape the individual and society. To meet the approved program for certification in social studies, course work is required in each of the following:

  • anthropology,
  • economics,
  • geography,
  • history,
  • political science and
  • sociology.

A detailed description of the requirements is available in the office of the Social Studies Teacher Education Coordinator in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Political Science Major
Required Courses
POLS 100Introduction to Politics3
POLS 101American Government and Politics3
POLS 201Comparative Politics3
POLS 202International Relations3
POLS 300Essentials of Political Thought3
Elective Courses
Select 18 credits from the list (see below). Up to 15 credits may be from any one group. 12 credits must be at the 300-400 level.18
Total Credits33

Political Science Major Electives

American Politics
POLS 214Women in Politics3
POLS 215Ethnic Politics in America3
POLS 216Urban Politics3
POLS 301American Party System3
POLS 302Public Opinion and Pressure Groups3
POLS 304State and Local Government3
POLS 306Campaign Politics3
POLS 312Black Politics in America3
POLS 313The Internet, Politics Public Policy3
POLS 314Seminar in Campaign Politics3
POLS 317The American Congress3
POLS 318The American Presidency3
POLS 319Politics and Film3
POLS 324American Public Policy3
POLS 327Food and Politics3
POLS 420Seminar and Internship in Political Science4
POLS 425Politics of Federal Bureaucracy3
POLS 429Polling in the U.S3
POLS 436Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship1-7
American Law
JURI 210Perspectives on Law3
POLS 320Law in Society: Civil Law3
POLS 321Law in Society: Criminal Law3
POLS 322American Constitutional Law: The Federal System3
POLS 323American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties3
POLS 331Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture3
POLS 332U.S. Immigration: Law and Politics3
POLS 351Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States3
Public Administration and Public Policy
POLS 205Introduction to Public Administration3
POLS 304State and Local Government3
POLS 310Public Personnel Administration3
POLS 311Governmental Budgeting3
POLS 315Urban Administration3
POLS 324American Public Policy3
POLS 425Politics of Federal Bureaucracy3
POLS 426Seminar and Internship in Public Administration I4-6
POLS 427Seminar and Internship in Public Administration II4-6
Political Thought
JURI 300Essentials of Jurisprudence3
JURI 316Theories of Conflict3
POLS 307American Political Thought3
POLS 331Animal Rights: Law, Politics and Culture3
POLS 333Topics in Political Thought3
POLS 334Politics of Science Fiction3
POLS 335Theories of Political Economy3
POLS 363Politics and Morality of War3
Comparative Politics
POLS 204Government and Politics of Africa3
POLS 206Government and Politics of China and Japan3
POLS 303Politics of Development and Modernization3
POLS 327Food and Politics3
POLS 329Narco-Terrorism3
POLS 335Theories of Political Economy3
POLS 339Contemporary Western European Politics3
POLS 340Government and Politics of India and South Asia3
POLS 341Government and Politics of Latin America3
POLS 342Government and Politics of the Middle East3
POLS 343Government and Politics in the Post-Soviet States3
POLS 344Government and Politics in the East European States3
POLS 351Comparative Legal Perspectives: Israel and the United States3
International Relations
JURI 474Human Rights Law3
POLS 203International Organizations3
POLS 207American Foreign Policy3
POLS 319Politics and Film3
POLS 329Narco-Terrorism3
POLS 353Intelligence and National Security3
POLS 362International Relations in Asia3
POLS 363Politics and Morality of War3
POLS 364War and International Security3
POLS 365Global Environmental Politics3
POLS 430International Law3
POLS 431Globalization and Security3
Other Major Electives
POLS 410Directed Study3-6
POLS 416Selected Topics in Political Science3
POLS 497Honors Seminar-Political Science3

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (P-12)

Teacher Ed Pre-Requisite Requirements
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 13-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective
Speech for Teacher Education
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
Additional Teacher Ed Pre-Requisites
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Professional Sequence
Professional Sequence Courses
Select one of the following:3
Teaching for Equity and Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Teaching for Equity Diversity
Select one of the following:1
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
SASE 310Inclusion in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 411Language and Literacy3
SASE 314Assessment of Learning1
SASE 316Integrating Technology Across the School Curriculum1
SASE 450Clinical Practice I3
SASE 451Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies3
Methods Course(s)
Select one of the following according to major:3-7
Foundations of Methods and Curriculum in Art Education II: P-12
Dance Methods
Teaching English (secondary)
Teaching French in P-12: Practice
The Teaching of Health
and Seminar in Physical Education
and Teaching of Secondary Physical Education
The Teaching of Italian in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Latin
Methods and Material of TESL
Teaching of Mathematics
Music Classroom Methods I
and Music Classroom Methods II
The Teaching of Science in Secondary Schools
Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Teaching Spanish in K-12
Professional Semester Courses
SASE 452Teaching for Learning II3
SASE 453Clinical Practice II9
Total Credits49-54
Related Social Science Requirements
HIST 117History of the United States to 18763
HIST 118History of the United States Since 18763
Select one of the following:3
Foundations of Western Civilization
Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914
Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present
HIST 108Introduction to African Civilization3
Latin American
HIST 114Early Latin America3
or HIST 116 Modern Latin America
Middle Eastern
HIST 109Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
or HIST 112 Introduction to the Modern Middle East
Select one of the following:3
Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration
Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa
Introduction to Indian Civilization
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Modern Chinese Civilization
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
EAES 100Principles of Geography3
SOCI 113Social Problems3
Total Credits30