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Social Studies, Citizenship Education, and Social Science Certifications, Grades 7-12

Social Studies

The broadest of the three options, this certification is open to students majoring in history, political science, sociology, Growth and Structure of Cities, anthropology, or economics. Some interdisciplinary independent majors are accepted as well. In addition to the education coursework and student teaching requirements for secondary certification described in the College Catalog, students seeking a social studies certification must complete the following requirements, taking at least four courses outside their major in the other social sciences.

  • At least two history courses, with a balance of American and world history.
  • At least one course (e.g., history, geology) that substantially addresses geographic concepts.
  • At least one political science course that addresses American and international politics.
  • At least one economics course that focuses on economic concepts and systems, local, state, and national commerce, and international trade and global economies (both micro and macroeconomics are recommended).
  • One social science (e.g., anthropology or sociology) course that addresses the origins of human culture and cultural change, rituals and kinship.
  • One social science (e.g., sociology or education) course that addresses sociological concepts, such as social organization, demography, race, gender, and ethnicity, etc.

Citizenship Education

Students must major in history, political science, or economics and take at least four courses outside of their major distributed in the other two areas. In fulfilling these requirements, students must include the following in their course programs (note that one course can fulfill more than one requirement):

  • At least two history courses, one of which is about U.S. history and another focused on world history.
  • At least one political science course that includes the study of American as well as international politics.
  • At least one economics course that focuses on economic concepts and systems, local, state, and national commerce, and international trade and global economies (both micro and macroeconomics).
  • At least one course that substantially addresses geographic concepts (may be integrated in other coursework).

Social Science

Open to students majoring in anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students must take four courses outside their major in the other two areas of study included in this certification. Students must include the following in their course programs (note that one course may address more than one of the following):

  • At least one course that addresses anthropology and the origins of human culture and cultural change.
  • Social Psychology – Psychology 208 (Bryn Mawr) or Psychology 224a (Haverford).
  • Psychology course on growth and human development – e.g., PSYC B206 (Developmental Psychology).
  • At least one course that addresses social organization, movements, change and the socialization process.
  • At least one course that addresses race, gender, and ethnicity.
  • At least one course that addresses the changing role of family in society.