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.

Requirements of the Major (53 units)

In the course listings below, click on the course number to view the course description in the SJSU Catalog. GE areas are shown in parentheses. See GE Course Attributes in the SJSU Catalog for definitions of codes.

Lower Division Core (12 units)

Complete one sequence of U.S. History and Government courses from:

U.S. History and Government Sequence

African-American U.S. History and Government Sequence

  • AFAM 002A: African-Americans and the Development of America’s History and Government
  • AFAM 002B: African-Americans and the Development of America’s History and Government

Mexican American U.S. History and Government Sequence

  • MAS 010A: Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government (M6)
  • MAS 010B: Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government (M7)

Asian American U.S. History and Government Sequence

  • AAS 033A: Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political Process (M6)
  • AAS 033B: Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political Process (M7)

Upper Division Core (41 units)

  • ECON 109: Analysis of Economic Issues for Teachers
  • GEOG 12: Global Geography (D2)
  • GEOG 123: Geography for K-12 Teachers
  • HIST 155: 20th Century World (V)
  • HIST 186: Ethnicity and Race in United States History
  • HIST 187: United States Social History
  • HIST 189A: California History to 1900
  • HIST 189B: California History Since 1900
  • MAS 185: Teaching in a Diverse Society
  • POLS 101: American Government for Teachers
  • RELS 191: Religion in America (S)
  • SOCS 177: Sociology of Education
  • SOCS 195: Theory and Practice in the Social Sciences

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Notes

  • See the SJSU Catalog entry for complete degree information on the BA in Social Science, Preparation for Teaching (Single Subject). Requirements of the major are only part of the requirements for graduation, as briefly summarized here:
Requirements of the Major (as above) 53 units
General Education Requirements 36 units
Physical Education 2 units
University Electives 29 units
Total 120 units
  • You should keep track of the cumulative number of units you have earned. Check your transcript on MYSJSU.