Secondary Education - Social Studies B.A.
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The B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Social Studies Education prepares students for rewarding middle school or high school teaching positions in social studies. The program develops graduates committed to effective instruction that supports the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners. A final component of the program is a student teaching internship. Graduates of the program are qualified to apply for state certification to teach social studies in grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania.

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Contact Information

Soren I. Fanning, Ph.D. 
Coordinator, Secondary Social Studies Education 
fanning@rmu.edu
412-397-5403 

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D.
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN1010 Reading And Writing Strategies OR
  • CSCM2050 Intercultural Communications
  • ECON1020 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOL1130 Landforms of the World
  • HIST1100 U.S. History I 
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning/Applications 
  • FYSP1000 First Year Experience (1 cr.)

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSEN1020 Argument And Research
  • ELIT1040  Reading Lit: Coming Of Age
  • HIST1200 U.S. History II 
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • MATH2010 Fundamental Concepts of Math

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking and Persuasion
  • CSCM2040 Professional Communications
  • EDUC2000 Schools And Society
  • HIST1700 World Civilizations I
  • POLS1020 American National Government

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • ECON1030 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EDUC2200 Technology For Teachers
  • GEOG1020 World Geography
  • HIST1800  World Civilizations II
  • EDUC2100 Ed. Psychology/Class. Management

Junior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3400 Curriculum Design 
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology
  • HIST3400 Pennsylvania History 
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art And Music 
  • POLS1030 Comp./Contemporary Political Systems 
  • Elective Recommended

Junior Year, Spring

  • ANTH1020 Cultural Anthropology
  • EDUC 3600 Educational Assessment
  • SPED3010 Intro to Special Education PreK-12
  • HIST3700 Developing World
  • PSYC3530 Adolescent Development
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • EDUC3165 Teaching English Language Learners
  • SPED3020 Teaching in Inclusive PreK-12 Class
  • EDUC4150 Content Specific Pedagogy (with Co-requisite EDUC0450 - 0 credits)
  • POLS1040 International Relations
  • SOSC4800 Senior Thesis
  • Elective Recommended

Senior Year, Spring

  • EDUC4200 Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.)
    EDUC4550 Student Teaching Internship: Social Studies (9 cr.)
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

World Geography
Schools and Society
American National Government
Major Credits
78
English Lit, Education, Special Education
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
3

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