Social studies education includes the core disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, psychology, and sociology. As a social studies teacher, you’ll play a critical role in helping learners understand themselves, their society, and the global community. In addition to being prepared to teach social studies in grades 5-12, graduates have gone on to become curators in museums, trainers in business, and curriculum developers for educational programs.
Why Study Social Studies at St. Thomas?
- Become a moral leader who will lead, work, and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.
- Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the 5-12 classroom.
- Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni, and faculty who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career.
- Learn from expert faculty closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom.
|License & MA|
For the License:
TEGR 510 Education's Place in Society
For the MA (add the following):
CIED 500 Principles of Educational Research
|Social Studies Co-major Requirements
|ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges & Sustainable Solutions||Plus one of: (4 credits) Non-US History Electives|
|POLS 104 American Government in Comparative Perspective||HIST 118 Middle East & North Africa in Global Perspective|
|PSYC 111 General Psychology||HIST 119 East Asian Civilizations in Global Perspective|
|SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology||HIST 240 Foundations of Chinese Civilization|
|SOCI 301 General Anthropology||HIST 241 The History of Modern China|
|ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics||HIST 244 Modern East Asia|
|HIST 253 Cities of the Middle East|
|Plus one of: (4 credits)||HIST 348 Japan: History Through Literature|
|HIST 111 Origins of the Modern World to 1550||HIST 349 History of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922)|
|HIST 112 The Modern World Since 1550|
Plus one of: (4 credits)
|Plus one of : (4 credits)|
|HIST 113 Early America in Global Perspective||GEOG 111 Human Geography|
|HIST 114 The Modern U.S. in Global Perspective||GEOG 113 World Geography|
Plus six courses (24 credits): In one of the social science disciplines (economics, geography, history, political science, psychogy or sociology) Courses subject to departmental approval.
- Candidates for this degree have:
- A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admission policy.
- Submit the following application materials:
- Application form
- Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
- Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
- Personal statement.
- Submit the supplementary materials:
- Official test score
- International Applicants:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
- Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.
Ongoing Professional Development
Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.
Mentored Clinical Practice
The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.
The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.