Study Social Science at Black Hills State University.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Black Hills State University
College of Liberal Arts
1200 University St. Unit 9061
Spearfish, SD 57799-9061
605.642.6006
Pamela.Carriveau@bhsu.edu

A Social Science degree from BHSU introduces you to the many aspects of the human experience, from history and political science to geography.

Many social science graduates teach in area middle and high schools, while others go on to specialize in one of the related disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, geography, or political science.

The Social Science program at BHSU offers you:

  • A wide variety of courses and faculty to choose from.
  • Student organizations in nearly every social science area.
  • Internship opportunities in a wide variety of settings.
  • Volunteer activities to make a better community.

Social Science Major Course Requirements

Required Core - 33 semester hours

  • 3 ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • 3 ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 3 ECON Elective
  • 3 GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • 3 POLS 100 American Government
  • 3 POLS 210 State and Local Government
  • 3 POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • 3 SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • 3 SOC 150 Social Problems
  • 3 SOC Elective
  • 3 SS 350 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • 3 Elective in ECON, GEOG, POLS, or SOC

Social Science Teaching Major Course Requirements

Required Core - 48 semester hours

  • 3 GEOG - 300/400 level Elective 
  • 3 ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
    OR
    3 ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 3 GEOG 210-  World Regional Geography
  • 3 HIST 115 - Survey of Non-Western Civilizations
  • 3 HIST 121 - Western Civilization I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 151 - United States History I (gen ed)
  • 3 HIST 152 - United States History II
  • 3 HIST 327 - European History 1500 - 1815
  • 3 HIST 328 - European History since 1815
  • 3 HIST 476 - History of South Dakota
  • 3 HIST 480 - Historical Methods & Historiography
    or
    3 SS 350 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • 3 POLS 100 - American Government
  • 3 POLS 141  - Governments of the World
  • 3 POLS 210 - State and Local Government
  • 3 SEED 415 - 7-12 Social Science Methods
  • 3 SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 - Practicum: Pre-Admission
  • 2 EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 - Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 - General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 - Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 - Computer-Based Technology & Learning
  • 2 MLED 480 - Middle Level Methods
  • 3 SEED 408 - Planning, Managing & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 - 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 9 SEED 488 - 7-12 Student Teaching
  • 1 SEED 495 - Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • 3 EDFN 475 - Human Relations
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Social Science Composite -Teaching: 4-YEAR PLAN
A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, but to be certified to teach, a content praxis exam must be passed in both the major & minor areas of study.


FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester
ENGL 101 Composition I
MATH 102 College Algebra
Natural Science elective w/Lab
HIST 121 Western Civilization I
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Spring Semester
ENGL 201 Composition II
PSYC 101 General Psychology
SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech
POLS 100 American Government
Arts & Humanities elective


SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester
SPED 405 Educating Sec. Stds. w/Disabilities
HIST 115 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations
HIST 151 US History I
Natural Science elective w/Lab
GEOG 210 World Regional Geography

Spring Semester
EDFN 338 Foundations of Am. Education
EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission
EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
HIST 152 US History II
POLS 141 Governments of the World
POLS 210 State & Local Government


Make application to the Professional Teacher Preparation Program Here.


JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester
Arts & Humanities elective
Upper-level Geography elective
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics OR ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
HIST 327 European History 1500-1815
SS 350 Soc. Sci. Research Methods OR HIST 480 Hist. Methods & Historiography
(Note: SS 350 is offered in the fall and HIST 480 in the spring. If students do not take SS 350, they may take an Arts & Humanities elective here and HIST 480 in the spring.)

Spring Semester
INED 411 SD Indian Studies
EDFN 365 Computer-Based Tech. & Lrng.
HIST 476 History of South Dakota
HIST 328 European History since 1815
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
WEL 100/L Wellness w/Lab


SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester
SEED 408 Planning, Managing & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
SEED 495 Practicum
SEED 450 7-12 Reading & Content Literacy
MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
SEED 415 7-12 Social Science Methods
Arts & Humanities elective

Spring Semester
SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
EDFN 475 Human Relations

Career Opportunities

Social Science majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Government
  • Public Agencies
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law School
  • Data Processing
  • Graduate School
  • Museums
  • Non-profit Organization