Jul 20, 2024  
2021-2022 General Catalog 

Social Science Teaching Composite (B.A., B.S.)

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Program Summary

Southern Utah University offers a composite degree in Social Science Teaching for those who are seeking licensure in Secondary Education. The composite degree offers the possibility of employment in several Social Science disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral skills and competencies in communicating about human societies and past events.
  • Students will be able to create (secondary-school appropriate) objectives/outcomes for Social Studies courses, units, and lesson-plans
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to teach (secondary) Social Studies topics using primary and secondary sources.
  • Students will devise a rubric for grading social-studies tests/assignments.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • Teaching License: HIST 3870 , SOSC 4900 , and SOSC 4980  are required to receive a teaching license in Utah.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)

Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 


Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education  Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Social Science Teaching Composite Curriculum (58 Credits)

History Requirements (18 Credits)

Social Studies Requirements (30 Credits)

Economics Courses (6 Credits)

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Political Science Courses (6 Credits)

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Psychology Courses (6 Credits)

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Sociology/Anthropology Courses (6 Credits)

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  • SOC or ANTH upper-division elective 3 Credit(s)

Teaching License Courses (6 Credits)

Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Licensure (36-39 Credits)*

To qualify for a teaching license, students must also complete the sequence of professional education courses listed by the Department of Teacher Education . Please see the degree requirements for Secondary Education Licensure . Some classes required for the licensure cannot be taken until the teacher candidate has been admitted to the College of Education and Human Development. Please consult your advisor or the Department of Teacher Education for further instruction.

* Students who complete their teaching methods course(s) and student teaching as part of their major requirements will earn fewer than 36 credits. Those course credits are counted only once in the degree total.

Free Electives (0-10 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree with Licensure: 120-140