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ODU's Integrated Social Studies program prepares graduates to teach American history, world history, political science, geography and other social studies in grades 7-12.
Programs offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Science Education
  • Licensure in Integrated Social Science Education
See also:
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Integrated Social Studies Education Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 HST 202
    MTH 121 POL 101
    HST 201 PHL
    GEO 125 Natural Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    POL 279A
    POL 348C
    POL 290 Required Elective (1)
    Required Elective (2) Required Elective (2)
    EDU 112 EDU 220
    Foreign Language 110 Foreign Language 111
      EDU 314 (1/2 semester) 
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    POL 365
    Required Elective (3)
    EDU 379A Required Elective (4)
    EDU 346 Required Elective (6)
    THL EDU 354
    Art/Music/Theatre EDU 410
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    HST 479 EDU 487
    POL 498 EDU 488
    THL
    PHL
    LIT
    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following: POL 279C or HST 348F

    Required Elective (2) – Choose two of the following: HST 106, HST 107, HST 110, or HST 111

    Required Elective (3) – Choose one of the following: HST 320, HST 342, or POL 348E

    Required Elective (4) – Choose one of the following: HST 107, HST 330, HST 370, POL 360, POL 379A

    Required Elective (5) – Choose one of the following: POL 230 or POL 379C

    Required Elective (6) – Choose one of the following: SOC 101, SOC 110, PSY 100, PSY 212, or PSY 220

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. or Licensure in Integrated Social Studies Education
    Degree-seeking students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below.

    Licensure-only students, those who completed a bachelor's degree prior to beginning this program, need only the requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    HST 201 American History I 3*
    HST 202 American History II 3*
    HST 479 CORE: History Matters/Senior Seminar 3*
    POL 101 Great Issues of Politics 3*
    POL 290 Politics & Government: Process & Issues 3*
    POL 348C Interpreting Civilizations 3*
    POL 365 The United States Presidency 3*
    POL 498 Seminar: Political Theory & Ideology 3*
    Economic Environment Courses Credits
    POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking 3*
    Geographical Environment Courses Credits
    GEO 125 World Geography 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Technological Environment Courses Credits
    POL 279C CORE: American Political Thought, Nature 
& Common Good 3*
    HST 348F History & Technology 3*
    Select two courses from the following:

    Basic History Courses Credits
    HST 106 World History I 3*
    HST 107 World History II 3*
    HST 110 Western Civilization I 3*
    HST 111 Western Civilization II 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    American Culture Courses Credits
    HST 320 20th Century America 3*
    HST 342 History of Christianity in U.S. 3*
    POL 348E A History of U.S. Foreign Relations 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Global & International Issues Courses Credits
    HST 107 World History II 3*
    HST 330 World Powers 20th Century 3*
    HST 370 Africa & America: The Uneasy Partnership 3*
    POL 360 International Politics 3*
    POL 379A CORE: War & Peace: International Law 
& Organization 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Law & Institutions Courses Credits
    POL 230 Law, Society & Policy 3*
    POL 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Individual Development & Identity Courses Credits
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3*
    SOC 110 Anthropology: What Makes Us Human? 3*
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3*
    PSY 212 Social Psychology 3*
    PSY 220 Human Development: Child & Adolescent 3*
    Required Professional Education Courses

    Courses Credits
    EDU 112 Introduction to Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult 3
    EDU 220 Educational Psychology 3
    EDU 314 Content Area Reading 3
    EDU 346 Adolescence to Young Adult & Multi-Age Methods 3
    EDU 354 Adolescence to Young Adult Social Studies Teaching Methods 3
    EDU 379A CORE: Principles of Education 3
    EDU 410 Assessment & Technology for Teaching & Learning 3
    EDU 487 Supervised Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 12
    EDU 488 Teaching Seminar: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age 1
    Total Credits Required 85
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA