Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Political Science (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: Geography Minor and History Third Field)

Minimum required: 130 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. This degree plan is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in the social studies disciplines:  Economics, Geography, Government, and History.  The Social Studies Composite with a Political Science major, Geography minor, and History third field requires the following 30 hours of Political Science courses: 
    POSI 3300Basic Political Ideas3
    or POSI 3301 Basic Political Institutions
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    One advanced course from four of the five groups12
    POSI 4398Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics3
    POSI advanced electives3
    HIST 4300Social Studies Resources and Practices3
    Total Hours30
  6. The minor in Geography requires the following 16 hours of Geography courses: 

    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    GEO 3309United States and Canada3
    GEO 3329Geography of Texas3
    Total Hours16
  7. The third field in History requires the following 15 hours of History courses: 

    HIST 1310History of the United States to 18773
    HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date3
    HIST 2311History of World Civilization to the 17th Century3
    HIST 2312History of World Civilization from the 17th Century3
    HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey (U.S. History)3
    Total Hours15
  8. An Overall GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation with teacher certification.
  9. In addition to the major, minor, and third field requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education.  All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
US 11001HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204 
Mathematics Component Code 0203PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI Advanced Group Elective3 
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Modern Language 23203 
Modern Language 23103GEO 1309 or 13103 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303 
POSI 3300 or 33013HIST 23113 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI Advanced Group Electives6 
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303GEO 24104 
HIST 23123HIST 33723 
POSI Advanced Group Elective3GEO 33033 
BA ENG Literature3  
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
CI 43323CI 33253EDST 46816
GEO 33093POSI 43983 
POSI Advanced Elective3HIST 43003 
GEO 33293CI 43703 
ECO 2301 or 2314 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3CI 43433 
 RDG 33233 
 15 18 6
Total Hours: 130