BS in Social Studies Education

Programs in social studies education prepare educators in the disciplines of history, government/civics, geography, economics, and the other social sciences, including classroom teachers and educators who work in museums, nonprofit organizations, and informal educational settings.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Social Studies Education is intended for prospective middle and high school social studies teachers and fulfills academic requirements for an initial teacher license in Massachusetts, which has reciprocity with most other states. Qualified undergraduates in Social Studies Education may also seek dual degrees with the College of Arts & Sciences through the Boston University Dual Degree Program.

Mentored field experiences begin with a one-day-a-week school placement in freshman year, include pre-practicum experiences in schools, and culminate with full-time student teaching in a social studies classroom during senior year, affording preservice teachers the opportunity to design and implement inquiry-based, content-rich units of study, and to assess students’ learning.

Careful planning allows students to combine this program with special education or English as a second language (see below for curriculum requirements). Earning a teaching license in these or other areas may require credits beyond the minimum undergraduate degree requirements.

Concentration Options

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

Distribution Requirements (40 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in CAS Humanities (8 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)
  • Two electives (8 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)
  • CAS HI 200–500 (focused on Asia, Latin America, or Africa) (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 190 or 200-, 300- or higher level courses (HI 190 preferred) (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 111 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (40 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 TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High Schools (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 Curriculum and Special Methods for History and Social Science, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 566 Developing Historical Literacy, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 567 History Laboratory (2 cr) or ED 225 Project Citizen: Promoting Civic Engagement (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 A Practical Approach to Classroom Management (2 cr)
  • SED SO 509/510 Practicum (5–8 or 8–12 cr) (8 cr)


Distribution Requirements (48 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in CAS Humanities (8 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)
  • Two electives (8 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)
  • CAS HI 200–500 (focused on Asia, Latin America, or Africa) (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 190 or 200-, 300- or higher level courses (HI 190 preferred) (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 111 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (66 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 TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High Schools (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 Curriculum and Methods for History and Social Science, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 566 Developing Historical Literacy, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 567 History Laboratory (2 cr) or ED 225 Project Citizen: Promoting Civic Engagement (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 A Practical Approach to Classroom Management (2 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 (8 cr)


Distribution Requirements (44 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two courses in CAS Humanities (8 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)
  • Two electives (8 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)
  • CAS HI 200–500 (focused on Asia, Latin America,or Africa) (4 cr)
  • CAS HI 190 or 200-, 300- or higher level courses (HI 190 preferred) (4 cr)
  • Two CAS HI 400- or 500-level colloquia (8 cr)
  • CAS PH 270 or 271 or HI 203, 302, 448, or 456 (4 cr)
  • CAS PO 111 Introduction to American Politics (4 cr)

Professional Studies (64 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 TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High Schools (4 cr)
  • SED SO 572 Curriculum and Methods for History and Social Science (4 cr)
  • SED SO 566 Developing Historical Literacy, 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED SO 567 History Laboratory (2 cr) or ED 225 Project Citizen: Promoting Civic Engagement (2 cr)
  • SED CT 534 A Practical Approach to Classroom Management (2 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 582 Student Teaching Practicum I: English as a Second Language 5–12 (4 cr)
  • SED BI 504 Student Teaching Seminar (2 cr)
  • CAS Foreign Language Requirement