Social Science Major

58 units


The social science major primarily prepares students to teach various social science disciplines (particularly history, political science, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology) at the secondary level. This major provides future teachers with an integrated study of these social sciences, which helps develop analytical skills, comparative perspectives, critical judgement, and a knowledge base about the world around them. This major is a subject-matter program in social science approved by the California Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

The primary career choice for social science majors is teaching at the secondary level. Other options include careers in education, government service, journalism, advertising, library science, law, and politics. Opportunities for research, consulting, and graduate study are also available.

Program Learning Goals

This program prepares students who are able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events in American history.
  • Describe and analyze the main features of major world civilizations.
  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Articulate a Christian worldview of history.


ECON 250Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
EDLS 405Diversity in the Classroom 13
HIST 120World Civilizations to 1648 23
HIST 121World Civilizations Since 1648 23
HIST 151United States History to 1877 23
HIST 152United States History Since 1877 23
HIST 210World Geography3
HIST 338History of California3
POLI 150American Government 33
POLI 496Senior Seminar: Religion and Politics 43
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 53
RELG 200Introduction to the Study of Religion 13
HIST 300Writing 3: Introduction to Historical Studies 43
One Upper-division History Course (HIST 3XX or 4XX)3
One Upper-division Political Science Course (POLI 3XX or 4XX)3
Select one of the following:3
General Psychology 5
Introduction to Sociology 5
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession: 7-12
Select one of the following:3
Modern Africa
History of the Middle East I: Early and Medieval Islam
History and Politics of the Non-Western World
Total Units58

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Humanities: History requirement.


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement. 


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


Meets the General Education Social Science requirement.