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Political Science Education

Understanding the Past, Discovering the Future

 

Have you ever considered how governments solve complex problems in areas like immigration, healthcare or environmental protection? In political science education you will learn about national and international politics and policymakers and how to teach political science content at the secondary level. You will learn valuable skills in critical thought, oral and written communication and quantitative reasoning while working toward teaching certification. All majors are required to complete 30 credits of political science coursework including three core courses: Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Global Politics and Research Methods for Political Science. Beyond the core courses, you will take upper-level courses across the political science catalog, related coursework in economics, history, geography and psychology and professional courses in education. You will also have a student teaching experience.

AREAS OF STUDY

  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Public Law
  • Political Methodology
  • Teaching and Motivating Adolescents in a Diverse Society
  • Educational Technology for Teaching Social Studies
  • Disciplinary Literacy in the Social Sciences
  • Teaching Methods

CAREER OPTIONS

  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • School Administration
  • Museum Education and Research
  • School Counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Nonprofit Organizations

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Educational Leadership
  • Law
  • Special Education
  • School Counseling
  • Public Policy
  • Museum Studies

What’s special about this program?

Effective social studies teaching requires extensive content knowledge in different areas of social studies as well as teaching skills. Our strong emphasis on pedagogy and content knowledge prepares our teacher candidates to teach the content of their major as well as the other social science disciplines, including history, civics, economics, psychology, sociology and geography. Even before they begin student teaching our candidates complete over 75 hours of classroom experience tutoring, mentoring and teaching adolescents in local secondary schools. In their senior year candidates participate in a year-long placement in the middle or high school where they will complete their student teaching. 

Get Involved

Model United Nations

College Democrats

College Republicans

Students in the Public Interest

Phi Sigma Alpha

Iota Rho

Center for Political Communication

Area Studies

Women’s Studies

Sample curriculum

ECON101

Introduction to Microeconomics

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

GEOG120

World Regional Geography

 

MATH114

Mathematics Requirement

 

POSC150

Introduction to American Politics

 

POSC240

 

Introduction to Global Politics

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Course

 

  Elective Courses
ECON103

Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolecents

 

HIST104

World History II

 

PSYC100

General Psychology

 

POSC220

 

Introduction to Public Policy or
POSC270

Introduction to Comparative Politics or

 

POSC285

Introduction to Political Theory

 

POSC300

 

Research Methods for Political Science
 

University Breadth Course

 

  Elective Course
EDUC413

Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology

 

EDUC419

Diversity in Secondary Education

 

 

POSC 300 Level Courses

 

 

HIST Courses

 

 

GEOG Courses

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Elective Courses

 

HIST491
Planning a Course of Instruction

 

HIST493

Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences

 

EDUC420

Reading in the Content Areas

 

 

POSC 400 Level Courses

 

 

HIST Courses

 

 

Univeristy Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

 

EDUC400

 

Spring Semester - Student Teaching

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This major is eligible for the following programs:

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