Secondary Education: Social Studies, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.50
Total Hours: 124

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
HIST 1483American History to 1865 (H) 13
POLS 1113American Government 13
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH or STAT course designated (A)3
Humanities (H)
HIST 1613Western Civilization to 1500 (H) 13
HIST 1623Western Civilization after 1500 (H) 13
Natural Sciences (N)
Courses designated (N) with one (L)8
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
GEOG 1113Introduction to Cultural Geography (IS) 13
Additional General Education
Courses designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)8
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
Select at least one Diversity (D) course
Select at least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
Minimum grade of “C” or “P” in each course
EDUC 1111First Year Seminar1
Select 11 hours of electives (3 hours may need to be foreign language)11
Cultural Anthropology (IS)
Comparative Cultures (IS)
Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools
Young Adult Literature
Reading for the Secondary Teacher
Professional Education Seminar
Psychological Foundations of Learning and Instruction
Hours Subtotal12
Major Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.50 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course
ECON 2103Introduction to Microeconomics (S)3
ECON 2203Introduction to Macroeconomics3
Select 6 hours POLS (POLS 2013, POLS 2113 suggested)6
Oklahoma History
HIST 3703Oklahoma History (DH)3
PSYC 1113Introductory Psychology (S)3
SOC 1113Introductory Sociology (S)3
U.S. American History
HIST 1493American History Since 1865 (DH)3
Select 6 upper-division hours of U.S. American HIST6
Suggested courses:
American Colonial Period to 1750 (H)
Era of the American Revolution (H)
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
United States History, 1919-45 (DH)
United States History Since 1945 (DH)
Select one of the following areas:12
World History and Geography Area
Select 3 hours of upper-division World History3
Suggested courses:
East Asia to 1800 (H)
Colonial Latin America (H)
Reformation Europe, 1517-1648 (H)
Medieval Islamic History (H)
Select 3 hours of Non-Western History3
Suggested courses:
Survey of Eastern Civilization (H)
GEOG 1713World Regional Geography (IS)3
or GLST 1713 World Regional Geography (IS)
Select 3 hours of Cultural Geography3
Suggested courses:
Urban Geography (S)
Economic Geography (S)
Cultural Geography (S)
Exploring North America and Diversity (DS)
Sociology/Psychology Area
Select 6 hours of Sociology (3 hours must be upper division)6
Suggested courses:
Racial and Ethnic Relations (DS)
Social Stratification (S)
Select 6 hours of Psychology (3 hours must be upper-division)6
Suggested courses:
Psychology of Motivation
Comparative Psychology (N)
Hours Subtotal42
Professional Core Requirements
Minimum GPA 2.50 with a minimum grade of “C’ or “P” in each course
CIED 3313Field Experience in the Secondary Schools3
CIED 4713Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School (Fall Semester prior to Student Teaching) 23
EDTC 3123Applications of Educational Technologies3
EPSY 3213Psychology of Adolescence3
SCFD 3223Role of Teacher in American Schools (D)3
SPED 3202Educating Exceptional Learners (D)2
CIED 4724Classroom Management in the Multicultural PK-12/ Secondary School (semester prior to Student Teaching) 24
CIED 4720Internship in the Secondary Classroom (Student Teaching) 29
Hours Subtotal30
Total Hours124

Other Requirements

  • 40 hours of upper-division coursework.
  • Required for graduation and recommendation for Standard Certification:
    1. 2.50 Overall GPA;
    2. 2.50 GPA in Major Requirements; and
    3. 2.50 GPA in Professional Core Requirements.
  • The student must earn minimum grades of “C” or “P” in each course in the Major Requirements and Professional Core Requirements and specified courses in General Education; and must earn grades of “P” in all sections of observation courses and student teaching for recommendation for Certification.
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the novice high level from among those languages identified by the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability.
  • For teacher certification, students must successfully complete OSAT (017), “U.S. History/OK History/Government/Economics”.
  • Students may also take OSAT (018), World History/Geography” and/or OSAT (032) “Psychology/Sociology” to add additional certification areas.

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2026.