Social Studies (B.S.) (Secondary Teaching Area)

This a great degree for students who love history and the related fields of political science and government, geography, and economics and are also sure they want to teach. It combines classes in all of those disciplines with classes in education that focus on pedagogy, classroom management, and class preparation. Teaching the various fields of social studies allows room for a great deal of creativity in teaching. Note: students choosing this degree must also be accepted into the Education Program and consult with an Education Department advisor as well as a History advisor. 

 See curriculum guide.  

You probably won't get rich with this degree, but you probably won't be unemployed either. History and its related fields will always anchor the social studies curricula of both private and public schools. When your principal realizes that you can easily teach geography, government, and econ as well as history, you will become nearly indispensible. Southwestern grads have done very well with this degree in schools, and some have used the degree as the foundation for Master's work that will help them get into school administration. 

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs teaching history are growing at about 13% each year.  That's due to both the retirement of veteran teachers and the decline in student/teacher ratios that necessitate more teachers.

Earnings

Earnings will vary by school district and experience. However,  first-year teachers can expect to make around $33,000–$37,000. Top-end salaries can range up to $63,000 or higher. Extended summer breaks make it possible for teachers to augment their income with other pursuits.

Educational Qualifications

A social studies degree will help many graduates get entry-level teaching jobs. However, pairing the degree with a serious study of a second language can make you more valuable to school districts (and perhaps earn you a boost in pay). This degree is an excellent foundation for graduate study. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.

HIST 111 U.S. History, 1492–1865 .....................................3

HIST 112 U.S. History, 1492–1865 .....................................3

HIST 201 Historical Methods..............................................3

HIST 225 History of World Civilization I.......................3

HIST 226 History of World Civilization II ..................... 3

HIST 242 Historical and Political Geography ...................3

HIST 475 Portfolio Development........................................1

ECON 211 Macroeconomics.................................................. 3

 

History electives ............................................................18

(nine hours must be non-US courses. Non-US courses are marked with *)

HIST 320 American International Relations ................. 3

HIST 326 From Colony to Nation, 1607–1783..............3

HIST 331 History of Christianity I*................................3

HIST 332 History of Christianity II ................................ 3

HIST 345 Sectionalism and Civil War, 1836–1865 ....... 3

HIST 360 History of the British Isles* ............................3

HIST 364 Ancient Cultures* ............................................ 3

HIST 365 Global Power: U.S. 1917–Present....................3 

HIST 370 East Asian History* .........................................3

HIST 414 Early Modern Europe*....................................3

HIST 424 Modern Europe* .............................................. 3

HIST 430 Medieval Europe* ............................................ 3

may be used to fulfill three hours of the non-US requirement

 

Political Science Electives .................................................6

choose from

POLS 211 National and Texas Constitutions.................3 

POLS 220 Intro to Public Policy ................................... 3

POLS 320 American International Relations ................. 3

POLS 425 Executive Leadership......................................3

 

Social Science Electives.....................................................3

choose from

ECON 212 Microeconomics ..............................................3

SOCI 111 Intro to Sociology ............................................ 3

COMM 110 Communication Media...................................3

TOTAL: 49 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life..................................................2

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition........................................3

HIST 111—American History, 1492–1865 ..............................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ..................................................3

Religion Elective ......................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 14

Second Semester

HIST 112—American History, 1866 to Present.....................3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.......................................3

Physical Science Elective .......................................................4

Fine Arts Elective..................................................................3

COMM 111 Speech................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

HIST 225—World Civilization I.............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitutions .........................3

ENGL 220— Research Writing...............................................3

Life Science Elective...............................................................4

ECON 211—Macroeconomics................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

HIST 226—World Civilization II ........................................3

HIST 201—Historical Methods ..........................................3

Religion Elective.................................................................3

SOCI 111—Introduction to Sociology .................................3

EDUC 254—Intro to the Teaching Profession.......................3

KINA Activity Elective............................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

HIST Elective* ..............................................................3

Literature Elective .........................................................3

Education Courses.........................................................6

POLS 320—American Intl. Relations ..............................3

KINA Activity Elective......................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

HIST Elective* ......................................................................3

HIST 312—Historical and Political Geography.......................3

Religion Elective ...................................................................3

Education Courses.................................................................9

TOTAL:​ 18

Fourth Year

HIST 475—Portfolio Development................................1

HIST Electives ..............................................................6

Education Courses........................................................9

TOTAL:​ 16

HIST Elective ..............................................................................6

Religion Elective (Upper Division) ................................................3

Education Courses.......................................................................9

TOTAL:​ 18