Secondary Education Social Studies, B.SOSC.

Program Code: SESSTBSOSC

Entrance to Major

Entry to Secondary Education Social Studies requires the following:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  2. Completion of ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H and three credits of literature from approved list with a C or higher grade;
  3. Completion of six credits of college-level mathematics (MATH or STAT prefixes) with a C or higher grade;
  4. Satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for the major;
  5. Submission to the Teacher Education Office of current and clear background checks as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education;
  6. Submission of documentation of 20 pre-major field observation hours.

Selective Retention

Following entrance to the major, students will be evaluated for retention in the program based on:

  1. maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. completion of required courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. an acceptable or above rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education;1
  4. current and clear background checks as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

To be eligible to student teach, students must:

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to major;
  4. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education;1
  5. have current and clear background checks as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

In order to successfully complete the Secondary Education Social Studies Program, students must:

  1. complete EDUC 490 with a grade of C or higher;
  2. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  4. complete a presentation portfolio; and
  5. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.1

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Social Science degree in Secondary Education Social Studies, a minimum of 122 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 3
Requirements for the Major 95

21 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GH courses, 3 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BISC 3Environmental Science Keystone/General Education Course3
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDUC 313Field Observation2
EDUC 314Learning Theory and Instructional Procedures3
EDUC 315YSocial and Cultural Factors in Education3
EDUC 415Teaching Secondary Social Studies3
EDUC 458Behavior Management Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 459Strategies for Effective Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 490Student Teaching12
GEOG 40World Regional Geography Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 128Geography of International Affairs Keystone/General Education Course3
HDFS 239Adolescent Development Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 20American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 21American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 320Contemporary World History and Issues3
PLSC 1American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
SOC 1Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 14 Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
HIST 1Western Civilization I Keystone/General Education Course3
or HIST 10 World History to 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Problem Solving Keystone/General Education Course
General View of Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course
Insights Into Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course
Finite Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Linear Algebra Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Problem Solving in Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course
Matrices Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas 1
Select 3 credits of literature courses from approved department list3
Select 3 credits of African African-American studies, American studies, history or minority studies from approved department list3
Select 3 credits of anthropology from approved department list3
Select 3 credits of psychology from approved department list3
Select 3 credits of political science3
Select 3 credits of sociology3

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Michael Swogger, D.Ed.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building, W311
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6380
mjs201@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Secondary Education Social Studies, B.SOSC. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003
MATH 37, 21, 22, 26, 30, 35, 36, 38, 40, 200, 220, STAT 100, or STAT 200*#†3MATH 37, 21, 22, 26, 30, 35, 36, 38, 40, 200, 220, STAT 100, or STAT 200*#†3
SOC 1*†3BISC 3*†3
HIST 1 or 10*3PSYCH 100*†3
General Education Course3HIST 20*†3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Select 3 credit of literature from approved department list*#3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3CI 280*3
General Education Course3ECON 104 or 14*3
EDPSY 14*3PLSC 1*3
HIST 21*†3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 313*2EDUC 315Y*3
EDUC 314*3EDUC 458*3
GEOG 128*3GEOG 40*3
HIST 320*3Select 3 credits of Sociology*3
Select 3 credits of PSYCH from approved department list*3Select 3 credits of Anthropology form approved department list*3
HDFS 239*3 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 415*3EDUC 490*12
EDUC 459*3 
Select 3 credits in PLSC3 
Elective *3 
Select 3 credit of African African-American (AAAS) or American Studies (AMST) or Minority Studies or History (HIST) from approved department list*3 
 15 12
Total Credits 122

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

The Secondary Education Social Studies major will prepare students to teach social studies in secondary schools grades 7 to 12. As secondary school teachers, they will delve more deeply into subject matter introduced broadly during the elementary years. Additionally, Secondary Education Social Studies students should graduate with instructional, organizational, administrative, and communications abilities and an excellent background in the social studies. Other career areas requiring these skills include: public relations, sales, social work, employee training and development, social service, and employment counseling.

Careers

The Secondary Education Social Studies major prepares students to meet the requirements to be certified for the Social Studies Instructional I Certificate as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE SECONDARY EDUCATION SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduate programs for a Master of Education degree are available in Teaching and Curriculum and Literacy Education. Additional certification and endorsement programs in English as a Second Language (ESL), Special Education, and others are also available.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Accreditation

This program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and endorsed the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION, TEACHER EDUCATION DIVISION
Olmsted Building, W311
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6213
rka12@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/teacher-education/bachelor-social-science-secondary-education-social-studies