Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Explore societal issues from an interdisciplinary lens and prepare to bring a nuanced education to the next generation.
A Bachelor of Arts with a major in social science (secondary teacher certification) prepares you for a career in public or private education. Additionally, you will possess a greater understanding of cultural diversity and global issues, as well as the communication and digital skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce.

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Why Earn a Social Science Degree with Teacher Certification?

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of North Texas offers an interdisciplinary approach to 21st century education. This approach allows you to tailor a degree program to your specific needs and career goals.

Many of our faculty members in the social sciences are considered experts in their fields and have written hundreds of books and articles. They’ve also earned recognition from the:

  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Southern Economic Association
  • American Political Science Association

After earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in social science, you will have a greater understanding of societal needs, diverse cultures and individual responsibility. You will possess a greater understanding of culture diversity and global issues, as well as communication and digital skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presentation ability
  • Problem-solving/adaptability
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Career engagement

Social Science Degree with Teacher Certification Highlights

A secondary teaching certificate in social studies is also available through a separate certification plan in collaboration with the College of Education. Social Studies with Secondary Certification certifies you to teach economics, geography, government, history, psychology and sociology for grades 7-12.
You may also participate in an internship and earn academic credit while gaining valuable work experience. The Social Science major has an internship course designed specifically for students in this major.
We can help fund your education with financial assistance and scholarships. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers various scholarships based on academic performance.
Student organizations focusing on the social sciences help students network and learn more about particular fields of study. Among them are the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, the Geography Club and the Anthropology Student Association.

What Can You Do With a Social Science Degree with Teacher Certification?

This degree can open the door to a variety of career possibilities including those in:

  • Education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Governmental agencies
  • Office administration
  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Mass communication
  • Social work

The teacher certification will qualify you to teach in public and private schools at the secondary level.

Social Science Degree with Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

US Political Behavior and Policy (3 hrs)
Explores the connection between the will of the people and the policies implemented by government by focusing on individual political values and attitudes, the mechanisms that connect individual beliefs to government action (parties, interest groups, the media, and elections), the US Constitution, and the outcomes of government policy.
Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
Social and cultural basis for human behavior; impact of societal groups and organizations on personal identity, feelings and actions; influence on the self in relation to the family, peer groups, social classes, religion and social institutions.
Social Studies Teaching Methods (3 hrs)
Designed to help prepare students to teach social studies courses for students in grades 7–12. Students are exposed to content and pedagogy to teach Texas history, U.S. history, world history, world geography, government and economics.
Teaching Diverse Populations (3 hrs)
Provides knowledge and skills required for developing and implementing challenging instruction for students who are culturally different, students who receive special education services and students who are identified as gifted and talented.
Comparative Economic Systems (3 hrs)
Examination of the theoretical foundations, structure and performance of various economies of the world. Theoretical coverage emphasizes decision making, price systems, planning, information and motivation, rather than an ideological approach. Topics of modern capitalism are covered as well as the non-Western economies of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China.
Global Societies (3 hrs)
Explores the changing world by understanding how the far and near are connected by globalization, why markets rise and fall, why income gaps and international poverty persists, how terror and conflicts are produced, and how cultures are re-invented.

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