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Social Studies

Social Studies

(minor required) B.S. Degree

The social studies major is designed for students who seek a broad, but structured and well integrated education in the social sciences.  Students can achieve breadth of learning and versatility in its application through this multidisciplinary program of study.  Combined with a minor in education, the social studies major is excellent preparation for those planning to teach history, government, or economics at the secondary school level.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   HIS 331 Historical Dramatization or HIS 498 Senior Seminar / 499 Senior Thesis
   For licensure in Social Studies, students must complete EDU 402 Student Teaching.


Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

   HIS 201, 202 American History 6
   PSC 101 American Government 3
   REL 151 World Religions 3

    Degree Specific Requirements

       SCI 121 Population, Food, and Environment 2
       COM 201 Public Speaking 3

      Required Courses (27 hours)

         HIS 101 Western Civilization 3
         ECO 201 Macroeconomics 3
         PSC 202 State and Local Government 3
         HIS 205 European History 1500-1789
      3
         HIS 206 European History 1789-1945
      3
         PSC 302 Political Geography 3
         PSC 304 Modern Ideologies 3
         HIS 316 Virginia History 3
         HIS 398 Historiography 3

        Non-Western history (Choose 3 hours from the following):

           HIS 371 China 3
           HIS 373 India
        3
           HIS 374 Southeast Asia 3
           HIS 375 Subsaharan Africa 3
           HIS 378 North Africa 3
           HIS 380 Latin America 3
           HIS 382 U.S.-Latin American Relations 3

          Major Electives (Choose 9 hours from the following):

             Any 300/400 level HIS or PSC courses.

          Total Hours Required in Major    39
          (minor required)

          Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Social Studies (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education.  This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – Student Teaching.  Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See Teacher Education minor) There is no licensure in History.