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    Jun 14, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science Education, B.S.

(CIP = 13.1317) (BSS)

Social Science Education explores educational foundations and methods to prepare educators in middle and secondary schools. It also explores the theory and practice of teaching social science education. The objective is to prepare reflective and caring educators. Prepares students for a career in middle and high schools

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education - 3 credit hours
  • AMH X010 - 3 credit hours
  • AMH X020 - 3 credit hours
  • POS X041 - 3 credit hours
  • ECO XXXX* or SYG XXXX* or ANT XXXX* or PSY XXXX* or GEA XXXX* - 3 credit hours

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement. 

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

* Course options from 1000 to 2999 under each prefix.

Total Major Hours: 87

Major Core (87 Credit Hours)

Social Sciences Specialization

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.8 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at

GPA Requirements

Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Course Grade Requirement

Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Internship Opportunities

  • SSE 4334  - Student observations take place in assigned schools, Criminal Background Clearance not required
  • SSE 4335  - Students teach on multiple occasions in assigned Middle or High School, Current Criminal Background Clearance required
  • SSE 4940  - Students teach full-time in assigned middle or high school, Current Criminal Background Clearance required

Accreditation Information

NCATE & State of Florida Approved Program

Advising Information

Students are encouraged to seek advising in Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979. To schedule an appointment visit us at

Social Science Education Faculty

Chairpersons: M. Berson, J. Schneider; Program Coordinator: S.J. Thornton; Professors: M. Berson, B.C. Cruz, J.A. Duplass; Emeritus Professors: H. Johnston, D.J. Puglisi.

Plan of Study

Click here for Plan of Study. Once on this page, select the program from the available drop-down and then click ‘View Selected Plan.’