Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences - Teaching Track

Requirements (101-102 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

This program is designed for students who wish to teach social science subjects in California’s secondary schools. In addition to this coursework, students will have to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), which encompasses knowledge and understanding primarily of history, but also geography, economics, and political science. The core discipline in the program is history, as that is the most widely taught social science subject in secondary schools. In addition to this concentration, students have options in the other three disciplines of geography, economics, or political science. Any of these options would add 32-36 units to the 101-102 units needed for the core history program

Students in the Teaching Track are encouraged to see their Social Science advisor early in their program for assistance in choosing courses. For information about the professional education component or admission to the teacher education program, contact the Credentials Office, CE-102.

Additionally, students may elect to complete up to 8 units of SSCI 575 Internship and 4 units of SSCI 595 Independent studies, with the consent of the program coordinator.

Requirements for the B.A. in Social Sciences - Teaching Track (Program Code: SSTT )

Social Science required core courses (8)
SSCI 100Introduction to the Social Sciences4
SSCI 499Senior Seminar4
Lower-division requirements (45)
ANTH 140World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization4
or HIST 140 World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization
ECON 200Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4
GEOG 100Introduction to Human Geography4
GEOG 103Physical Geography5
HIST 142World Civilizations II, the Civilizations of the East and West4
HIST 144World Civilizations III4
HIST 200United States History to 18774
HIST 201United States History, 1877 to the Present4
PHIL 192Introduction to Philosophy of Religion4
or PHIL 193 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
PSCI 203American Government4
Upper-division requirements (48-49)
GEOG 302Geography of California4
HIST 370History of California4
Four units chosen from:4
Ancient and Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe, the Renaissance to 1815
Modern Europe, 1815 to the Present
Four units chosen from:4
History of Ancient Greece
History of Rome
Early Medieval Europe
High Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
The Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment
Eight units chosen from:8
Classical Islamic Civilization
Modern Middle East
Africa to 1500
Africa 1500 to 1870
Africa 1870 to Present
History of Modern Mexico
Ancient and Early Imperial China
Medieval China
Modern China II, 1911-1949
Modern China III, 1949-Present
World War II in the Pacific
Modern Japanese History
History of Southern Africa
Modern Central America
Foreign Relations of Latin America
Latin American History Through Film
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History
Eight units chosen from:8
The American Colonies, 1607-1783
The Evolution of American Democracy, 1783-1840
Civil War and Reconstruction
The United States, 1877-1917
The United States, 1917-1945
United States History, Cold War Era
Constitutional History of the United States
Eight units chosen from:8
African-American History, 1620-1865
African-American History, 1865-Present
American Indian History
Women in U.S. History, 1620-1865
Women in U.S. History, 1865-Present
Women in the Black Freedom Movement
California Indian History
Chicano History
U.S. Citizenship and the Law
Immigration and Ethnic American History
State and Local Politics
Four units chosen from:4
The Legislative Process
Political Parties and Interest Groups
The American Presidency
Formulation of Public Policy
Data Collection and Analysis4-5
A minimum of four units chosen from:
Statistics for Economists
Geographic Statistics and Research Methods
Psychological Statistics
Applied Business Statistics
Archival Practices
Total Units93-94

Disciplinary Options

Students who wish to be considered a highly qualified teacher in another discipline should complete the coursework listed below in addition to those taken above:

Economics Option 

Sixteen units from the following Economics courses:16
Political Economy of Women
Tools of Economic Analysis
Political Economy of Poverty and Discrimination
Economics of the Environment
Business Cycles
Selected Topics in Economics
Money and Banking
International Economics
Multinational Corporations
Political Economy
Global Economy
Public Economics
History of Economic Thought
Economics in the Classroom
Sixteen additional units of upper-division Economics courses16
Total Units32

Geography Option 

GEOG 312Geography of the Developing World4
GEOG 313Geography of the Developed World4
GEOG 320Geography of Social Issues4
GEOG 322United States and Mexico Border Issues4
GEOG 323North America4
GEOG 350Conservation and Natural Resources4
GEOG 420Geography of Economic Activity4
GEOG 415Urban Planning and Land Development4
or GEOG 440 Understanding the City
Total Units32

Political Science Option 

PSCI 204International Relations4
PSCI 314American Political Thought4
Four units chosen from:4
Western Political Systems
East European Political Systems
Latin American Politics
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Four units chosen from:4
Classical Political Thought
Foundations of Modern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Post Modern Political Thought
Four units chosen from:4
Judicial Process
American Constitutional Law
The Bill of Rights
Civil Rights
Four units chosen from:4
American Foreign Policy
International Politics
International Law
International Organization
Four units chosen from:4
Studies in Political Theory
Seminar in Constitutional Law
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Relations
Seminar in Government
Four units of upper-division Political Science courses.4
Total Units32
Social Science elective courses: (4-12)4-12
Social Science Internship
Social Science Independent Study
Total Units4-12