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 

Additional Program 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.  

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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