University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Social Studies Education 7-12 - BS

Program Contact:

Dr. Wayne Brinda  Associate Professor of Education, and Coordinator of Secondary Education

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Thinking about being a social studies teacher one day? Would you like to introduce students to new cultures? Give them history lessons? Teach them about government? Then our social studies education major might be just right for you. 

As a social studies education major, you take all the necessary education and social studies-related courses to prepare you to lead your own classroom. But, it won’t be all classroom work. You’ll also get a chance to student teach in a middle school or high school class. 

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.

What can you do with a degree in Social Studies Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

"The education program at Pitt-Bradford is synonymous with accomplishment.'' -- Heather Snider, who earned her degree in Social Studies Education 7-12 in 2011 

All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained, in the major and overall.  


Course Requirements in the Major

All social studies education majors must complete the following core content courses

Two courses from the following list: (6 cr)

  • PS course in American Government & Politics (3 cr)
  • PS course in Comparative Government & Politics (3 cr)
  • PS course in International Politics (3 cr)
  • PS course in Political Theory (3 cr)
  • CAPSTONE: HISTORY or  CAPSTONE: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Required Electives

  • Upper-Level History Elective (3 cr)
  • Upper-Level Political Science Elective (3 cr)
  • Upper-Level History or Political Science elective (3 cr)
  • Math (Second college-level math class required) (3-4 cr)

Collateral Areas -  24 credits with at least one course in each area

  • Anthropology (ANTH 3 cr)
  • Geography (GEOG 3 cr)
  • Economics (ECON 3 cr)
  • Psychology (PSY 0101 3 cr)
  • Sociology (SOC 3 cr)
  • Two upper-level required collateral electives (6 cr) choose from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, PSY, and SOC.

Total Credits for Major: 124

Additional Information:

You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 60 credits. Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate PAPA Modules, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course. Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.