Bachelor of Science in Education with Composite Major in Social Studies

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above and 30 which must be from UND) including:

I. Essential Studies Graduation Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. EHD General Graduation Requirements (see EHD listing).

III. The Following Curriculum:

Required core economics courses:6
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
Money and Banking
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
Public Finance
ECON 330
ECON 341
ECON 355
ECON 380
Required core geography courses:9
World Regional Geography
Geography of North America I
Economic Geography
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
GEOG 377
Cartography and Visualization
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Required core history courses:18
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
History of North Dakota
HIST elective 300 level or above
Required core political science courses:9
American Government I
State and Local Government
International Politics
Select one of the following:3
American Constitution-Governmental Powers
American Constitution-Civil Liberties
Intergovernmental Relations
American Political Thought
Legislative Processes
Presidential Institutions and Management
Major Electives (6 credits from one of the following areas): *6
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Personality
Introduction to Sociology
Social Change and Social Movements
Families in a Changing Society
Sociology of Gender
Social Psychology
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
World Prehistory
Anth elective 300 level and above
Global Studies:
Global Perspectives
Global Philosophy
Philosophy of Race Postcolonialism
or PHIL 316
Total Credits60

IV. Introductory (Pre-Admission) Courses:

T&L 250Introduction to Education3
T&L 251Understanding Individuals with Different Abilities3
T&L 339Educational Technology3
T&L 345Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment3
Total Credits12

V. Post-Admission Courses: 

To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 and strength of academic record
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for communication courses (ENGL 110, ENGL 130, COMM 110)
  • Completed 15 credits that apply toward graduation
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (including T&L 250 completed or in process)
  • Satisfactory dispositions (30 hour field experience) report from T&L 250 course
T&L 350Development and Education of the Adolescent3
T&L 400Methods and Materials (Social Studies)3
T&L 409Reading in the Content Areas3
T&L 433Multicultural Education3
T&L 486Field Experience (T&L 400 co-req)2
Total Credits14

VI. Student Teaching and Related Courses:

Prior to being eligible to student teach, students must complete the following prerequisites: 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in content major
  • Grade of C or better and 3.0 GPA in all T&L courses
  • Submit full background check
  • PRAXIS II completed
  • Satisfactory completion of a field experience
T&L 487Student Teaching13
T&L 4881
T&L 489Senior Capstone: Responsive Teaching3
Total Credits17

For state licensure, students must take the following exams:

  • Minimum scores on a test of basic skills in reading, writing, and math is required for teacher licensure in North Dakota.  There are two options accepted:  1) PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Exam; or 2) ACT score to meet the test of basic skills requirement:  Composite score of 22, Mathematics score of 21, and English Language Arts score of 21.
  • PRAXIS II Social Studies: Content Knowledge
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT): Grades 7-12



Note: To teach any one of the electives in North Dakota requires 6 credits in the subject.

For MN licensure to teach Social Studies, it is recommended that students major in Composite Social Studies with a minor in Middle Level Education. For MN licensure to teach History, it is recommended that students major in Composite Social Studies with minors in Middle Level Education and History.