B.A. in Political Science With Elective Social Studies Teacher Certification

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
Academic Foundations requirements, in addition to other writing requirements, for teacher certification:12
English Composition (6 credits)
Introduction to Mathematics (recommended, or other MAT 100-level course)
Public Speaking (recommended)
Business and Professional Speech Communication
Science requirements6
Behavioral and Social Science requirements6
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Humanities requirements6
History of Civilization I
Select one LIT course
Arts requirements3
Diverse communities requirement: May simultaneously fulfill another degree requirement, so PSC diversity courses recommended, such as:3
Women and Politics
Racial/Ethnic Politics
Latin American Culture and Politics
Culture and Politics of Asia
Interdisciplinary requirement: An interdisciplinary requirement may not be used to fulfill a general education, distributive, diverse communities, or language culture cluster course requirement. Recommended PSC interdisciplinary courses:3
Urban Politics
International Political Economy
Student Electives9
Additional Baccalaureate Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Language & Culture requirement
Demonstrating language proficiency through the intermediate level (202) or demonstrating language proficiency through the elementary II (102) level of a language and further acquiring a cultural foundation.3-15
Major Requirements
PSC 100U.S. Government and Politics3
PSC 200Political Analysis3
PSC 202Elements of Public Administration3
or PSC 240 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 213International Relations3
PSC 230Introduction to Political Thought3
PSC 401Senior Project in Political Science 13
Select one of the following:3
Women and Politics
U.S. Political Parties
Public Opinion, Media and Politics
Racial/Ethnic Politics
Campaigns and Elections
Courts, Law and Policy
Select one of the following:3
Latin American Culture and Politics
Culture and Politics of Asia (recommended)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
European Politics
Russian Government and Politics
African Politics and Society
Select any two additional political science courses at the 200 level or above 26
Related/Cognate Requirements
Select one of the following:3-6
Principles of Economics (Macro)
and Principles of Economics (Micro)
GEO 101World Geography3
or GEO 103 Human Geography
HIS 151History of the United States I3
Social Studies Teaching Certificate
Other courses required to obtain the social studies teaching certificate: 3
Social Sciences:
HIS 102History of Civilization II3
HIS 152History of the United States II3
EDA/EDR 341Inclusion & Reading in the Content Area3
EDF 300Democracy and Education3
EDM 300Intro to Educational Technology Integr3
EDP 250Educational Psychology3
EDP 351Evaluation and Measurement3
EDS 306Teaching Principles and Field Experience in Secondary Schools3
EDS 411Student Teaching Sec - 1st Half6
EDS 412Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half6
SSC 331Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies3
Additional Electives
In order to complete the required 120 credits for graduation, additional free electives may be necessary
Total Minimum Credits Required120

Research paper must focus on educational issue.


Electives should be chosen to reflect the themes from the social studies education standards.  It is recommended that these courses simultaneously fulfill another degree requirement, such as the diverse communities or writing emphasis requirements.


Contact the Department of Political Science for additional information on course prerequisites and required sequences, timing of Praxis I and II exams, and any other updates in the certificate program.

See the Political Science Policies tab for additional requirements for student teaching and certification.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.