Social Studies (Composite Teaching) - BS, BA

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The social studies (composite teaching) major is provides teaching endorsement in history, geography, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Students who graduate with this degree are "highly qualified" to teach all of these subject areas, based on federal standards for "No Child Left Behind."

What You Will Learn

Students take classes in many departments to gain a well-rounded education in all of these subject areas. By gaining expertise in this wide range of subjects, students increase their marketability and are more likely to be hired in middle and high schools since they can teach so many different subjects.

Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Education Component

In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 30-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school.

Students in the social studies (composite teaching) program do not need to have a minor because the program provides students with knowledge in several subject areas, therefore, expanding their career options.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with this degree are qualified for licensure to teach a broad range of social studies subjects in middle schools or high schools.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the social studies (composite teaching) program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions need a total 3.0 GPA for admission to this major. Students transferring from other USU majors need a total GPA of 3.0 for admission to this major.
  • STEP Requirements: In order to be accepted into STEP, students must go through an application process, which includes the following:
    • Complete 30 semester credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00
    • Complete certain core courses with specified minimum grades (see department for more information)
    • Provide an unofficial copy of your transcript
    • Pass an FBI/BCI criminal background check (this should be done one semester before submitting the application)

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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