Academic Catalog

Social Studies Major — B.A. with Teaching Option

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2021.

This program prepares students for initial New York State certification to teach at the secondary school (7-12) level.


Social Studies B.A. Content Area Requirements52
Core Education Requirements41-47
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 117-29
Total Credits120

 Degree Requirements

No more than 4 credits at the grade of C- or below may be counted toward meeting the requirement of the Social Studies major. AP courses in History may not be counted towards major requirements.

HIST 11100Founding a Nation: United States History to 18773
HIST 11200Building Modern America: United States History since 18773
HIST 18100World Civilization I3
HIST 18200World Civilization II3
HIST 30000History Lab1
Social Studies majors must complete an additional 21 credits in history. These credits must fulfill the following minimum criteria for level and area of focus:21
Level Criteria
A maximum of 3 credits at level 1
At least 12 credits at level 3 or above
At least 3 credits in a tutorial or seminar at level 4
Area Criteria
A minimum of six credits at the 200-level or above designated European history
A minimum of six credits at the 200-level or above designated United States history
A minimum of six credits at the 200-level or above designated global history
ANTH 10400Cultural Anthropology3
ECON 12100Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 12200Principles of Microeconomics3
ENVS 22000Human-Environment Geography3
SOCI 10100Introduction to Sociology3
POLT 10100U.S. Politics3
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 20100Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher2
EDUC 20200Literacy Across the Disciplines for Middle and Secondary Education2
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 21800Introduction to Pedagogy and Practice3
EDUC 21910Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice3
EDUC 22900Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators2
EDUC 23900Educating Students with Special Needs in Diverse Classrooms3
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
EDUC 40800Professional Development Seminar0
EDUC 40910Pedagogy and Practice in the Teaching of Social Studies3
EDUC 41210Seminar in Reflective Practice3
EDUC 49810Professional Semester in Education12
EDUC 19210Child Abuse Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19220Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19230School Violence Prevention0
EDUC 19240Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention0
Foreign Language Proficiency0-6
All social studies majors must demonstrate proficiency at college-level language study, in a language other than English, through the beginner level. This can be done in one of three ways: 1) taking 101 and 102 for 6 credits; 2) placing into and taking 102 for 3 credits; or 3) taking the proficiency exam and testing into 201 or above, in which case the requirement is met and no additional credits are required.
Language courses taken in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Ithaca College for this requirement must be in a language other than English; must be taken for a letter grade; and students must earn a C- or better in language courses. As a department requirement, grades in language courses count toward department policies (only 4 credits at a C- or below may apply to courses in the major). In addition, American Sign Language cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits93-99

Additional Education Requirements

  1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English or demonstrate equivalent proficiency, as described above.
  2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG 10600 or above.
  3. All teaching-option students must maintain a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 as well as a G.P.A. of 3.0 in their subject area coursework. No more than 3 credits at the grade of C- or below may be counted toward meeting the 36-credit requirement of the B.A. in social studies with teaching option.
  4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all EDUC courses in the Education Core to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.
  5. EDUC 49810 and EDUC 41210 constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken nor can teacher candidates participate in extra-curricular activities that have the potential to affect time for teaching and preparation.
  6. During the semester of student teaching, the student may not play a college sport.
  7. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all New York State Certification tests or performance assessments required by the state for the applicant's intended teaching certificate (type, grade levels, and subject areas).
  8. The department chair and the coordinator of teacher education in the subject area must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.
  9. The All-College Teacher Education Unit at Ithaca College requires teacher education students, regardless of program area, to be reviewed at four programmatic transition points during their course of study. Continuation in a teacher education major is contingent upon the student successfully meeting the requirements of each transition point review; therefore, admission into one of the Ithaca College Teacher Education Program majors at admission or upon transfer to the College does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to complete the program required for teaching certification. Further information can be found in the Unit-Wide Assessment Systems section of the main Department of Education catalog page.