Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Social Science Education (BSS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1317

College of Education


Major Description

Social Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching social science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators. Prepares students for a career in middle and high schools.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)

Other program prerequisites:

  • AMH X010 (3)
  • AMH X020 (3)
  • POS X041 (3)
  • ECO XXXX or SOC XXXX or ANT XXXX or PSY XXXX or GEA XXXX (3), see Social Sciences specialization

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.


Total Major Hours: 87 Hours

Major Core Courses - 87 Hours

Professional Education Core:

  • EDF 3214 Human Development and Learning
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers
  • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom
  • TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies
  • ESE 4322 Classroom Management for Diverse School and Society

Social Sciences Specialization:


​Two of the following:

Both of the following:

  • GEA 2000 World Regional Geography
  • POS 2112 State and Local Government and Politics

One of the following:

One of the following:

One of the following:

One of the following:

  • POS 2041 American National Government
  • POS 2080 The American Political Tradition

Social Science Education:

  • SSE 4333 Teaching Middle Grades Social Science
  • SSE 4334 Teaching Secondary Grades Social Science
  • SSE 4335 Teaching Social Science Themes*
  • SSE 4380 Global and Multicultural Perspectives in Education
  • SSE 4600 Reading and Basic Skills in the Social Studies Class
  • SSE 4936 Senior Seminar in Social Sciences Education
  • SSE 4940 Internship: Social Science Education**

*SSE 4333 must be successfully completed prior to SSE 4335.
*Only SSE 4936 can be taken at the same time as SSE 4940.

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