B.A. in Social Studies Education

The integrated social studies education program prepares students to teach social studies in public and Christian schools in grades 7–12. Students who complete this curriculum will be licensed by the State of Ohio and the Association of Christian Schools International. The Ohio teaching license, through reciprocal agreements, is automatically recognized in 42 states. Students select one or more concentrations in the areas of economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology.


Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for a Major in Social Studies Education

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-1720 Spiritual Formation 3
COM-1100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
GBIO-1000 Principles of Biology 3.5
EDUC-1000 The Education Profession 2
EDUC-1050 Preliminary Student Involvement 0
ENG-1400 Composition 3
GSS-1100 Politics and American Culture 3
HIST-1110 United States History I 3
HIST-1120 United States History II 3
HUM-1400 Introduction to the Humanities 3
PEF-1990 Physical Activity and the Christian Life 2
Physical Science Elective 3.5
Quantitative Requirement 3
Total 35
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-2730 Old Testament Literature 3
BEGE-2740 New Testament Literature 3
ECON-2110 Essentials of Economics 3
EDSP-2000 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities 1
EDSP-2050 Field Experience: Exceptional Learning 1
EDUC-2000 Introduction to Diverse Learners 2
EDUC-2100 Technology in the Classroom 2
EDUC-2200 Multicultural Field Experience 1
EDUC-2500 Educational Psychology 3
HIST-2010 History of Civilization I 3
HIST-2020 History of Civilization II 3
Concentration Requirement 6
Total 31
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
ANTH-1800 Cultural Anthropology 3
BEGE-3755 Theology I 3
BEGE-3765 Theology II 3
EDSE-3800 Teaching Social Studies: AYA 2
EDUC-3200 Faith and Learning Alignment 1
GEO-3510 World Regional Geography-Western 3
GEO-3520 World Regional Geography-Eastern 3
GSS-3810 Clinical Teaching in Social Studies I 1
GSS-3820 Clinical Teaching in Social Studies II 1
HIST-3200 History and Politics of Latin America OR 3
HIST-3210 History and Politics of Asia OR 3
HIST-3220 History and Politics of Middle East 3
SOC-1300 Introduction to Sociology 3
Concentration Requirement 6
Total 32
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
EDSE-4000 Reading in the Content Area: AYA 3
EDSE-4100 Principles of Teaching: AYA 5
EDSE-4450 Adolescent/Young Adult Clinical Experience 3
EDSE-4900 Student Teaching and Seminar: AYA 12
EDSP-4250 Communication, Collaboration, and Inclusion 2
EDUC-3100 Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
HIST-3750 Social Movements 3
LIT-2XXX Literature Elective 3
Total 34

Social Studies Education Electives

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
ECON-3310 Money and Financial Markets 3
ECON-3350 Comparative Economic Systems 3
ECON-3360 International Trade Economics 3
ECON-3390 Public Finance 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-3200 History and Politics of Latin America 3
HIST-3210 History and Politics of Asia 3
HIST-3220 History and Politics of the Middle East 3
INTL-4850 Research in International Studies 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-3030 History of Christianity: Pre-Reformation 3
HIST-3040 History of Modern Britain 3
HIST-3050 Renaissance and Reformation Europe 3
HIST-3070 Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries 3
HIST-3080 History of Russia and Eastern Europe 3
HIST-3110 Early American History 3
HIST-3120 History of Recent Contemporary America 3
HIST-3130 Civil War and Reconstruction 3
HIST-3230 History and Politics of Western Europe 3
HIST-4050 Issues in International Diplomacy 3
HIST-4440 Special Topics in History 1-3
HIST-4900 Independent Study in History 1-3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-2000 Introduction to Political Science 3
POLS-3360 American Judicial Systems 3
POLS-3650 International Relations 3
POLS-3710 History Political Thought I: Ancient through Medieval 3
POLS-3720 History Political Thought II: Modern through Contemporary 3
POLS-4050 Issues in International Diplomacy 3
POLS-4620 Church and State in America 3
POLS-4630 American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
SOC-2200 Criminology 3
SOC-2310 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC-2400 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC-2840 Concepts of Chemical Dependency 3
SOC-2900 Ethics in the Helping Professions 3
SOC-3330 Social Stratification 3
SOC-3340 Sociology of Religion 3
SOC-3710 Family and Society 3
SOC-3730 Social Problems 3

Liberal Arts Core

The faculty of Cedarville, and particularly the faculty of the Department of History and Government believe in the value of the liberal arts core.  We want our graduates to be educated individuals, not just trained employees.  We recognize that both education and training are vital,  and we are convinced that in this day and age college graduates need to know how to learn as much as they need to know how to do a task.  The career experts suggest that graduates of colleges today will change careers 4-5 times in their lifetimes.  Those shifts require a certain set of skills that the liberal arts courses help to develop in our students.