Social Studies Education Degree

The Department of History prepares students for Social Studies (Composite) Grades 7-12. The state standards are incorporated into the required curriculum. Students are introduced to a wide range of courses including history, cultural geography, state and local government, political theory, and economics. Students who graduate with this certification will have a knowledge and understanding of the social, political, cultural, and religious movements, the most influential people, scientific discoveries, and technological advances as well as the major events which have shaped human history.

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Professor Mark Beasley-Professor of History at the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Mark Beasley

Professor of History, Head of History Department 325-670-1279

Majors

  • Social Studies Education Composite 7-12 (B.B.S.)

Minors

Why study Social Studies Education at HSU?

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Future Success

The Department of History, in a dynamic and collaborative partnership with the School of Education and other HSU academic departments, strives to provide the optimal academic experience in preparing future social studies teachers for success.

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Caring Faculty

Students in the Social Studies program receive one-on-one guidance provided by dedicated teacher-scholars who hold Ph.D.'s and a breadth of experience.

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Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

Program Details

Social Studies Composite 7-12 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre…………………………………….. 3

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher………………………………………………………… 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS…………………………………………………………………… 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC……………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab…………………………………………………………………….. 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

Maximum 9 hours history

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………… 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………….. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI…………………………………… 9

Total Core (55 credits)

Social Studies  (51 credits)

HIST 2301 History of Western Civilization to 1550…………………….. 3

HIST 2302 History of Western Civilization Since 1550…………………. 3

HIST 3100 Historiography…………………………………………………… 1

HIST 3200 Seminar in Historical Writing…………………………………. 2

HIST 3306 Studies in World History……………………………………….. 3

HIST 4301 Survey of Texas History………………………………………… 3

3 credits from HIST 4302, 4303, 4304, 4307…………………………….. 3

3 credits from HIST 4308, 4309, 4310…………………………………….. 3

3 credits of European history………………………………………………. 3

HIST approved upper level elective credits……………………………… 6

GEOG 3301 Cultural Geography……………………………………………. 3

POLS 2301 Local and State Government…………………………………. 3

POLS 2302 Major World Governments…………………………………… 3

POLS 3324 Political Theory………………………………………………….. 3

POLS 4316 Constitutional Law: Powers…………………………………… 3

ECON 1330 Introduction to Economics…………………………………… 3

ECON 2331 Macroeconomics or ECON 2332 Microeconomics……… 3

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4623 Student Teaching in Sec School…………………………… 6

Technology Competency (3 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………………. 3

Total 133

English Language Arts & Reading Social Studies 4-8 BBS

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

See Major………………………………………………………………….. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course (X 2)……………………………………………… 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher…………………………………………………. 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS………………………………………………………………. 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………….. 3

Science Lab………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………….. 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………. 3

ECON, HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI……………………………….. 9

Total Core (52 credits)

Major:  English Language Arts Reading (51 credits)

Additional Sophomore Literature……………………………………… 3

ENGL 4302 Issues in Grammar………………………………………….. 3

ECON 1330 Introduction to Economics……………………………….. 3

GEOG 3301 Cultural Geography………………………………………… 3

HIST 2301 History of Western Civilization to 1550…………………. 3

HIST 2302 History of Western Civilization since 1550……………… 3

HIST 3306 Studies in World History……………………………………. 3

HIST 4301 Survey of Texas History…………………………………….. 3

POLS 2301 State and Local Government……………………………… 3

POLS 2302 Major World Governments……………………………….. 3

READ 3360 Beginning Literacy Development……………………….. 3

READ 3362 Reading Instruction for Adolescent Students…………. 3

READ 3388 Child & Adolescent Literature……………………………. 3

READ 3393 Read. Assessment/Intervention…………………………. 3

READ 4392 Organization/Materials for Read………………………… 3

READ 4394 Reading Practicum…………………………………………. 3

READ 4397 Intro. to Adv./Gifted Learner…………………………….. 3

Education (24 Credits)

ART 3311 Public School Art, Elementary……………………………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development…………………………. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment……………………………….. 3

EDUC 4626 Stu. Teach. in Middle School…………………………….. 6

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………… 3

EDUC 4371 Organization/Management for Teaching……………… 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

Technology Competency

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………….. 3

Total 130

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete these degrees will be eligible to take one of the following Texas certification tests: Social Studies 7-12 or English Language Arts Reading Social Studies 4-8. These certifications lead to Social Studies teaching positions in 7-12 grade in the content of History, Government, Economics, and Political Science or English and Social Studies 4-8 grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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