Social Science major in Preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential

This major is intended for students who want to teach History, Government, Economics, or Geography at the high school level

Major Overview

The social science major in preparation for the single subject teaching credential is designed for students who want to pursue a career teaching History, Geography, Government, and Economics at the high school level. Students take core courses in each of the four areas to provide a breadth of knowledge as well as electives to build depth. The major also includes the required early field experience necessary to enter SDSU’s credential program. Students who choose this major will acquire the content knowledge necessary to successfully complete a credential program and teach in California high schools.

Major requirements worksheet (.pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I declare Social Science as my major?

Declaring the major is easy! First of all, make sure whether you want to declare as a Regular Social Science major (very flexible and diverse major) or a Social Science Single Subject major (preparation for teaching high school). Just schedule a visit with the undergraduate adviser, Dr. Brian Adams, in NH 122 to change your major and for a signature and an evaluation.

 

Do I need to major in Social Science to become a history teacher?

No. Students can choose other majors and then go on to receive a credential. The Social Science major, however, is designed to provide students the content they need to pass the CSET exam (a requirement for entering a credential program) and to successfully teach a wide range of Social Science courses at the high school level.

 

What do I need to do to enter a credential program at SDSU?

You need to pass the CSET, which tests your knowledge of History, Geography, Government, and Economics. You also need to take the CBEST, have 45 hours of early field experience (for Social Science majors met by TE 362, a required course for the major), and take three prerequisite courses: ED 451, SPED 450, and TE 280. For more information go here: http://go.sdsu.edu/education/ste/programs_credential_overview.aspx

 

Does the Social Science major have a CSET waiver?

We currently do not, meaning that all SDSU students need to pass the CSET before entering a credential program. However, we are in the process of applying and thus may have one in the future.

 

Can I take Social Science courses for my "explorations" requirement?

Yes. Social Science courses that meet one of the "explorations" requirements will clear both the explorations requirement as well as count for the major.

 

How do I know if the introductory Social Science courses I took elsewhere are equivalent to SDSU's courses?

While some community and junior colleges offer direct equivalents to all of SDSU's major preparation (lower division) courses, you must not assume all are equivalent. It is best to consult your undergraduate adviser or the advisers in the University Advising Center located in Student Services. Normally you must wait until the transcript evaluators have determined transfer credit (usually during your first semester). If you cannot wait for that determination, log on to www.assist.org (the web-based clearinghouse for articulation agreements among all California institutions of higher education) to determine if agreements exist for your course. "Assist" will tell you if your course is the equivalent of SDSU courses.

 

Will units earned on study abroad or foreign exchange apply to my major?

San Diego State University is a recognized leader in international education, and boasts a wide variety of excellent opportunities for study abroad. The Social Science department strongly encourages students of all majors and minors to take advantage of these opportunities for international experience, and strives to accommodate units transferred from overseas institutions and programs.

Most study abroad programs require that you meet first with a major adviser for approval of planned course work. However, final approval of units is done upon your return. Normally you must wait until the international transcript evaluators have determined transferability of your overseas course work, though this process can be facilitated by meeting with the adviser to go over your materials. If the Registrar rejects a course you believe should have been transferable, bring supporting documents to the adviser to determine if that decision can be challenged by petition.

Note that SDSU need not offer an exact equivalent course in order to accept credits from abroad, particularly at the upper division level. When you take courses overseas for which no SDSU equivalents exist, we can usually apply those units toward the major or minor, presuming you can support a petition with relevant documents (e.g., syllabus or catalog description). You will need to meet with a department adviser to determine field eligibility of the course(s) in question. Under no circumstances will the university allow more than 12 units of upper division course work by transfer to the major, or 6 units to the minor (that is, half of your upper division major or minor units must be completed at SDSU). Note that official "SDSU study abroad programs" (such as the London, Paris, and Florence semesters) earn "resident" units, just as if earned on campus.

 

Where can I find answers to other advising questions?

Please contact Professor Brian Adams at socsciad@sdsu.edu or stop by advising hours (see below). For information about applying to a credential program, please contact the advising center in the College of Education: http://go.sdsu.edu/education/oss/walkinhours.aspx

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General Social Science major

Major Overview

The Social Science major is a multidisciplinary program, encompassing the courses in 12 departments–Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. The major aims to provide students with a broad understanding of Social Science and an appreciation of the interrelatedness of its disciplines. This program is especially appropriate for students who desire a liberal arts educated and develop analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills that can be applied to a wide range of occupations and professions.

Major requirements worksheet (.pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I declare Social Science as my major?

Declaring the major is easy! First of all, make sure whether you want to declare as a Regular Social Science major (very flexible and diverse major) or a Social Science Single Subject major (preparation for teaching high school). Just schedule a visit with the undergraduate adviser, Dr. Brian Adams, in NH 122 to change your major and for a signature and an evaluation.

 

What can I do with a Social Science major?

The Social Science major is not vocational training, and thus there is no specific career path. Rather, the major provides students with analytical, critical thinking and writing skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. While at SDSU students should explore potential career paths through internships, talking with faculty, and utilizing the resources at the career center.


Can I take Social Science courses for my "explorations" requirement?

Yes. Social Science courses that meet one of the "explorations" requirements will clear both the explorations requirement as well as count for the major.

 

Can I take Social Science courses online?

Yes. Many Social Science courses are offered online, and there is no limit to the number of courses a student is allowed to take online.

 

How do I know if the introductory Social Science courses I took elsewhere are equivalent to SDSU's courses?

While some community and junior colleges offer direct equivalents to all of SDSU's major preparation (lower division) courses, you must not assume all are equivalent. It is best to consult your undergraduate adviser or the advisers in the University Advising Center located in Student Services. Normally you must wait until the transcript evaluators have determined transfer credit (usually during your first semester). If you cannot wait for that determination, log on to www.assist.org (the web-based clearinghouse for articulation agreements among all California institutions of higher education) to determine if agreements exist for your course. "Assist" will tell you if your course is the equivalent of SDSU courses.

 

Will units earned on study abroad or foreign exchange apply to my major?

San Diego State University is a recognized leader in international education, and boasts a wide variety of excellent opportunities for study abroad. The Social Science department strongly encourages students of all majors and minors to take advantage of these opportunities for international experience, and strives to accommodate units transferred from overseas institutions and programs.

Most study abroad programs require that you meet first with a major adviser for approval of planned course work. However, final approval of units is done upon your return. Normally you must wait until the international transcript evaluators have determined transferability of your overseas course work, though this process can be facilitated by meeting with the adviser to go over your materials. If the Registrar rejects a course you believe should have been transferable, bring supporting documents to the adviser to determine if that decision can be challenged by petition.

Note that SDSU need not offer an exact equivalent course in order to accept credits from abroad, particularly at the upper division level. When you take courses overseas for which no SDSU equivalents exist, we can usually apply those units toward the major or minor, presuming you can support a petition with relevant documents (e.g., syllabus or catalog description). You will need to meet with a department adviser to determine field eligibility of the course(s) in question. Under no circumstances will the university allow more than 12 units of upper division course work by transfer to the major, or 6 units to the minor (that is, half of your upper division major or minor units must be completed at SDSU). Note that official "SDSU study abroad programs" (such as the London, Paris, and Florence semesters) earn "resident" units, just as if earned on campus.

 

Where can I find answers to other advising questions?

Please contact Professor Brian Adams at socsciad@sdsu.edu or stop by advising hours (see below).

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Dr. Brian Adams
Phone: (619) 594-4289
Office: NH 122
E-mail: socsciad@sdsu.edu
Advising Hours Spring 2018: Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 and Wednesdays 9:30-12:30

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