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Social Science Education major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Timothy L. Wood
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
(417) 328-2067
tlwood@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of History and Political Science website for more information.

The social studies school curriculum requires broad, multi-disciplinary preparation.

While history forms the core of the social science education major, the basic courses in other social sciences are also required. In addition to the various professional education assessments along the way the social science education majors will be required to complete the ACAT (Area Concentration Achievement Test) Examination in history during their senior semester when they are not scheduled for student teaching.

The SBU Advantage

  • Be challenged to think deeply about the relationship between faith and culture, and how Christianity has impacted the wider world.
  • Small class sizes allow you to build lasting relationships with fellow students and faculty.
  • Develop valuable skills in analytical reasoning, research, and communication that will serve you well within the discipline of history and in many other professions.

Engaged Learning

Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.

Course Information

Students must complete a total of 128 hours, including 51 hours of social science courses in addition to the 52 hours of general education and graduation requirements.

Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the full semester student teaching experience.

Clubs and Organizations
SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.

Career Opportunities

A social science education graduate is eligible for initial certification in Social Studies for grades 9-12 in the state of Missouri.

Special features

  • As part of a Christian university, we integrate the Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting educational truth and theoretical truth.
  • Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant leaders in the academic community.
  • Our education department offers 26 certifications in a wide range of programs.

Degree Requirements

HIS 1113 Introduction to the History of World Civilization: From the earliest times to the Renaissance
The roots of modern western civilization from the dawn of agricultural society in the Middle East and other regions to the Renaissance in western Europe.
HIS 1123 Introduction to the History of World Civilization: From the Renaissance to the present
Examines the history of world civilization from the Renaissance in Western Europe to the present day.
HIS 2213 History of the United States, 1492-1877
Political and social survey of United States history from colonization to the end of Reconstruction.
HIS 2223 History of the United States, 1877-present
Political and social survey of United States history from the Gilded Age to the present. 
POL 1113 American Government
Origin, organization and policy of United States government at the national, state and local levels. Encourages citizen participation and leadership in democratic processes beginning at the community level. Fulfills the Missouri statutory requirement.
EDU 2113 Educational Psychology
Study of social and behavioral theory, including the nature of educational psychology, measurement, personality, the classroom as a social system, learning and instruction.
HIS 3613 East Asian History to the Rise of the Mongols
A survey of East Asian history tracing the political, economic, social, intellectual and religious conditions and developments in East Asia from earliest times to the Mongol Conquest. Particular emphasis will be placed on East Asian interaction with and influence on the Christian world.
GEO 1103 Geography
Basic survey introducing the various elements of geographical study.
POL 2223 American State and Local Government
Organization, administration and problems of state, county, municipal and other local governments in the United States.
PSY 1013 General Psychology
A "life-oriented" course including physiological backgrounds of behavior, development, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, adjustment and social psychology.
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
Survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology. Topics of the nature and development of culture; social aspects of personality; population trends, social classes, institutions and social change.
Choose one of the following:
ECO 2003 L.I.F.E. Economics
This General Education course will help the student develop an understanding of economic systems based on freedom. It will emphasize the importance of individual initiative and involvement in day-to-day community and business matters. Developing literacy about individual responsibility in personal and community decision making is a primary concern.
ECO 2023 Microeconomics
A study of economic principles with emphasis upon microeconomics. Includes a study of economics of the firm, consumer demand theory and current problems.
ECO 2033 Macroeconomics
Study of the basic principles of macroeconomics designed to give a broad understanding of the economy. Emphasis upon aggregate problems and issues considered important to the nation.
Choose three of the following:
HIS 3003 U.S. Civil War
This class provides a detailed evaluation of the social, economic, and military aspects of the United States Civil War, with special emphasis on the effect of the War on the State of Missouri.
HIS 3153 American Military History
American Military History from the colonial period to the present; its relation to the national development in war and peace.
HIS 3813 Colonial and Revolutionary America
This course covers important topics in American history from the voyage of Columbus in 1492 to the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. The course emphasizes the development of England’s American colonies, the independence movement and the successful establishment of the United States of America.
HIS 3823 America in the Early National and Civil War Eras
This course covers important topics in American history from Washington’s inauguration as president in 1789 to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. The course will examine the important political, social, intellectual and economic areas of American development during the early national and Civil War eras.
HIS 3833 Gilded Age and Progressivism, 1877-1928
A topical exploration of the period with emphasis on politics, the rise of big business, intellectual history, social and economic reform, imperialism, and society's efforts to meet the challenges of the industrial age. Course requirements stress reading, writing and class participation.
HIS 3843 Recent United States History, 1928-present
A topical exploration of the period with emphasis on the Great Depression and New Deal, domestic effects of World War II and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Johnson and Nixon presidencies and Watergate. Course requirements stress reading, writing, and class participation.
HIS 4953 Intensive studies in American History
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion. Content variable.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in American History
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
Choose one of the following:
HIS 3323 Ancient Rome and the Empire
A survey of Roman history tracing the main lines of political, social and cultural development from earliest times through the periods of the Republic, the early Empire and the late Empire of the fourth century A.D.
HIS 3333 Ancient Military History
A survey of the development of weapons, armor, strategy, and tactics from the earliest recorded battles to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD, including Biblical battles.
HIS 3423 Europe in the Middle Ages
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual and religious changes in western Europe from the late Roman Empire of the 4th century A.D. to the apex of the area's first advanced civilization, c. 1300 A.D.
HIS 4303 The Ancient Near East
A survey of Ancient Near Eastern history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the earliest times to the Roman Conquest.
HIS 4313 Ancient Egypt
A survey of Egyptian history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the earliest times to Egypt's conquest by the Romans in 31 BC.
HIS 4323 Ancient Greece
A survey of Greek history tracing the main lines of political, social, and cultural development from the origin of the Mycenaeans to the Roman conquest of the Greek world.
HIS 4413 Roman Imperial Civilization and the Early Church
A detailed study of the period from c. 50 B.C. to c. A.D. 450. Emphasis is placed on the political, social, economic, religious and intellectual characteristics of the Hellenistic civilization of that period. Special attention is given to the Jewish sub-culture and the emerging Christian movement in that context.
HIS 4953 Intensive Studies in ancient or medieval history
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion. Content variable.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in ancient or medieval history
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
Choose one of the following:
HIS 3513 Europe during the Renaissance Period
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual, and religious conditions and developments in western Europe during the Renaissance from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries.
HIS 3523 Europe during the Reformation Period
Traces the political, economic, social, intellectual, and religious conditions and developments in western Europe during the Reformation period, with special emphasis on the development of the Reformation from Martin Luther to the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648.
HIS 4953 Intensive Studies in modern world history
Seminar or directed class investigation of selected topics in the context of current historiographical opinion. Content variable.
HIS 4993 Independent Study in modern world history
Advanced studies of specific topics arranged by department chair.
Plus three additional hours of social science elective in economics, history, political science, sociology, or psychology