Study Social Science at Black Hills State University.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

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.

We are updating the 4-year plan for our Bachelor's degree in Social Science. To set up your individual 4-year plan, please meet with youradvisor or contact Liberal Arts - Janette Hettick at Janette.Hettick@bhsu.edu or (605) 642-6934.

4-Year Plan

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

Social Science Major Course Requirements

Required Core - 36 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 - 54 semester hours

  • 3 GEOG - 300/400 level Elective 
  • 3 ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
    OR
    3 ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 3 GEOG 101 - Introduction to Geography
  • 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 POLS 250 - Introduction to International Relations
  • 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 - 26 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 - Computer-Based Technology & Learning
  • 1 EDFN 375 - Methods of Technology Integration
  • 1 EDFN 440 - Classroom Management
  • 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

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