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.

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

Gen Ed Requirements

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 201
  • SPCM - Gen Ed - Speech (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • MATH - Gen Ed - Mathematics (1 class) - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science (2 classes from different subjects) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities (2 classes from different subjects or a foreign language sequence) - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Sciences & Lab (2 classes/corresponding labs) - 6-8 semester hours

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