BS in Social Studies Education

The development of effective teachers remains our highest priority, but our students are also introduced to institutions that contribute to the broader social education of the citizenry. A wide range of specialized career goals can be served in the Social Studies Education program. Students may prepare to be classroom teachers, museum educators, developers of learning materials, social education curriculum specialists, and youth service educators.

The Social Studies Education program contributes to the licensure of elementary teachers as identified in the Elementary Education Program. The program leading to licensure for middle, junior, and senior high school involves concentrated study in history or political science.

The professional education component depends heavily on integrating field-based activities with on-campus courses throughout the four undergraduate years.

The undergraduate program culminates in a student-teaching experience that also includes on-campus components of methods and materials for teaching history and political science/political philosophy. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, licenses include History and Political Science/Political Philosophy.

History Concentration Options

Concentration options in History at the School of Education include History on its own, or combined with either Special Education (Moderate) 5–12 or Teaching English as a Second Language.

History (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA (Exempt with score of 580 or above on SAT or 23 or above on ACT) (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)
  • Electives (12 cr)

History Subject-Specific Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS HI 175 or HI 101 World History I (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 151 Emergence of the United States to 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 200 The Historian’s Craft (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 200-, 300- or higher-level courses (one must be the history of Asia, Africa, or Latin America. The other may be an elective) (8 cr)
  • Two CAS 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (32 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12 cr)


History with Special Education (Moderate) 5–12 (Total Credits: 150)

Distribution Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS PS101 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr)
  • CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 107 Math Reasoning: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 108 Math Reasoning: Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)

History Subject-Specific Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS HI 175 or HI 101 World History I (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 151 Emergence of the United States to 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 200 The Historian’s Craft (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 200-, 300-, or higher-level courses (one must be the history of Asia, Africa, or Latin America. The other may be an elective) (8 cr)
  • Two CAS 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (54 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 250 Disability, Education, and Public Policy (4 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5−12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12)
  • SED SE 401 Cognition and Learning (4 cr)
  • SED SE 515 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED SE 584 Methods and Materials in Special Ed: Sec (4 cr)
  • SED SE 594 Practicum: Mild/Moderate Disabilities (4 cr)


History with Teaching of English as a Second Language (Total Credits: 144)

Distribution Requirements (40 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS IR, AN, or SO (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA (Exempt with score of 580 or above on SAT or 23 or above on ACT) (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)

History Subject-Specific Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS HI 175 or HI 101 World History I (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 151 Emergence of the United States to 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 200 The Historian’s Craft (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 200-, 300-, or higher-level courses (one must be the history of Asia, Africa, or Latin America. The other may be an elective) (8 cr)
  • Two CAS 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (56 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12) (8 cr)
  • SED BI 535 Literacy Development for Bilingual Students (4 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED TL 508 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED TL 584 Half Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
  • CAS Foreign Language Requirement

Political Science Concentration Options

Concentration options in Political Science at the School of Education include Political Science on its own, or combined with either Special Education (Moderate) 5–12 or Teaching English as a Second Language.

Political Science (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (44 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA (Exempt with score of 580 or above on SAT or 23 or above on ACT) (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)
  • Electives (8 cr)

Political Science Subject-Specific Requirements (52 cr)

  • CAS HI 102 Emergence of Modern Europe (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 241 Introduction to Public Policy (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 251 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 315 The Judicial Process (4 cr)
  • 3 CAS PO 300-level courses (12 cr)
  • CAS IR 350 History of International Relations (4 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271, or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)

Professional Studies (32 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12) (8 cr)


Political Science with Special Education (Moderate) 5–12 (Total Credits: 154)

Distribution Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS PS 101 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr)
  • CAS PS 234 Psychology of Learning (4 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 107 Math Reasoning: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 108 Math Reasoning: Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science (4 cr)

Political Science Subject-Specific Requirements (52 cr)

  • CAS HI 102 Emergence of Modern Europe (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 241 Introduction to Public Policy (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 251 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 315 The Judicial Process (4 cr)
  • 3 CAS PO 300-level courses (12 cr)
  • CAS IR 350 History of International Relations (4 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271, or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)

Professional Studies (54 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 250 Disability, Education, and Public Policy (4 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12) (8 cr)
  • SED SE 401 Cognition and Learning (4 cr)
  • SED SE 515 Assessment in Special Education (2 cr)
  • SED SE 584 Methods and Materials in Special Ed: Sec (4 cr)
  • SED SE 594 Practicum: Mild/Moderate Disabilities (4 cr)


Political Science with Teaching of English as a Second Language (Total Credits: 144)

Distribution Requirements (36 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • 3 Courses in CAS Humanities (12 cr)
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography (4 cr)
  • CAS MA (Exempt with score of 580 or above on SAT or 23 or above on ACT) (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)

Political Science Subject-Specific Requirements (52 cr)

  • CAS HI 102 Emergence of Modern Europe (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 176 World History II (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 152 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 292 or EC 102 Economic History of the United States or Intro to Macroeconomics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 211 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 241 Introduction to Public Policy (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 251 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 315 The Judicial Process (4 cr)
  • 3 CAS PO 300-level courses (12 cr)
  • CAS IR 350 History of International Relations (4 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271, or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)

Professional Studies (56 cr)

  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED SE 251 Special Education and Adolescents (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Introduction to Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 375 Pre-Practicum (2 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED LR 503 Reading and Writing Assessment (2 cr)
  • SED SO 572 History Methods (4 cr)
  • SED CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12) (8 cr)
  • SED BI 535 Literacy Development for Bilingual Students (4 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED TL 508 Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language (4 cr)
  • SED TL 584 Half Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
  • CAS Foreign Language Requirement