Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Political Science (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: History Minor and Geography 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 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Political Science is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in the social studies disciplines (History, Geography, Government, and Economics). Upon completion of the social studies curriculum and passage of the social studies TExES test, students will receive certification in social studies and eligibility to teach in the disciplines.
  2. Majors must satisfy general education core curriculum, teacher certification, and the Bachelor of Arts requirements. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses.
  3. The Social Studies Teacher Certification requires completion of the following: Political Science major, History minor, Geography third field.
    Political Science major
    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
    History minor
    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
    Advanced Group A (World) course3
    Advanced Group B (European) course3
    HIST 3372Texas History: A Survey (Group C, U.S. History)3
    Total Hours21
    Geography third field
    GEO 1309Introduction to Cultural Geography3
    or GEO 1310 World Geography
    GEO 2410Introduction to Physical Geography4
    GEO 3303Economic Geography3
    or GEO 3309 United States and Canada
    Total Hours10
  4. 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:
    CI 4332Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology3
    CI 3325Adolescent Growth and Development3
    CI 4370Classroom Management, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Secondary Teaching3
    CI 4343Instructional Strategies for the Secondary Teacher3
    RDG 3323Teaching Reading in the Content Areas3
    EDST 4681Student Teaching 7-126
    Total Hours21

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
ENG 13103ENG 13203 
US 11001HIST 13103 
POSI 23103POSI 23203 
MATH 1315 (or higher, excluding MATH 1316)3Modern Language 14204 
Modern Language 14104PHIL 1305 or 13203 
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
COMM 13103POSI Advanced Group Elective3 
Select one of the following (English Literature):3Modern Language 23203 
 GEO 1309 or 13103 
 Life and Physical Sciences3 
 HIST 23113 
Modern Language 23103  
HIST 13203  
POSI 3300 or 33013  
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Select one of the following:3POSI Advanced Group Electives6 
 GEO 24104 
 HIST Advanced Group A3 
 GEO 3303 or 33093 
Life and Physical Sciences3  
HIST 23123  
POSI Advanced Group Elective3  
Select one of the following English Literature:3  
 15 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursThird SemesterHours
CI 43323CI 33253EDST 46816
HIST Advanced Group B3POSI 43983 
POSI Advanced Elective3HIST 43003 
HIST 33723Education Block:9 
ECO 2301 or 231413  
 15 18 6
Total Hours: 130
Students must take ECO 2301 or ECO 2314 as the Social and Behavioral Sciences component for the general education core curriculum, as Economics is one of the subjects tested on the Social Studies TExES exam.